The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children was released in 2011, with a vision that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities. The plan focuses on both domestic and family violence, and sexual assault. The implentation of the National Plan is long term and has four Action Plans that build on each other and enable an action reflection approach. The Third Action Plan 2016-2019; was recently released at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children in Brisbane on the 28th October 2016.

The COAG has the reduction of violence against women and their children as a committment under their comprehensive reform agenda, with one vision: of improving the wellbeing of all Australians, now and into the future. To assist in the reform process, COAG established an advisory panel to inform a collective approach and address this issue with urgency; the COAG advisory panel on reducing violence against women and their children.  They deliverd a final report in April 2016 outlining six areas for action and 28 recommendations. This report has informed the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan. 

The First Action Plan under the National Plan enabled the establishment of key initiatives such as  Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS), a key source of data, research and statisticsOur WATCh, established to "drive nationwide change in culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children"; and the 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic family violence Counselling service. 

The Second Action Plan outlines the five National priorities and 26 actions for addressing collectively, linking reforms, and taking a holistic response to reducing violence against women and their children. One of the outcomes of the Second Action Plan was "Change the Story; a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia".

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Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
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After a collective effort from weavers all over the world who reached for the stars, the One Million Stars to End Violence project has reached its goal of weaving one million stars. The stars will feature in a spectacular public art installation designed and hosted by the Museum of Brisbane in King...
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Legal Aid Queensland will be delivering a free webinar to highlight the services available for people experiencing domestic and family violence. Community workers are invited to attend the event to learn about current legislation, procedures and services available statewide. The webinar will be...
Queensland Government media release Women and children affected by domestic and family violence in the Toowoomba and the Darling Downs will benefit from a $9.6m million funding boost to domestic and family violence support services. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence,...
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Queensland Government media release A new Domestic Violence High Risk Team for the Cairns Region will save lives through earlier intervention and ensure high-risk perpetrators are tracked. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the High Risk Team would...
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Walking with Dads (WWD) is equipping those working in child protection with the tools to better address cases where harm is caused primarily by fathers who abuse their partners and children. Developed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, this intervention program...
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The Queensland Government has launched a new youth campaign, ‘ Stop the Hurting – End Domestic Violence ’. The campaign created by youth for youth (12 to 17-year-olds) provides an opportunity for Queensland teens to have their say and take a stand against domestic and family violence. It is...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government today released the Women’s Budget Statement in recognition of the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman released the Women’s Budget Statement at the ANROWS National Symposium...
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Queensland Government media release One of two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters funded in the State Budget will be located on the Gold Coast. The Palaszczuk Government has committed $6.8 million in new funding in this year's Budget to establish and run two new specialist domestic violence...
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act from 30 May will mean greater protection for victims and their children. The changes strengthen police and justice responses, and allow for improved information sharing between government and non-government organisations. The Queensland...

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dvconnect provides free help for women, men, children and pets affected by domestic and family violence across Queensland. Their 24 hour telephone service provides information, telephone counselling and referral to refuges for women and their children who are in danger Phone: 1800 811 811.
Centacare Central Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Service (Emerald) (link is external) Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service (link is external) Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (link is external) North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service (link is external) (...
Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Ending Violence Against Women Queensland Peak Body provides a representative and united voice for Queensland women and children affected by gender-based violence, and the individuals and service agencies that provide specialist support. EVAWQ believe that: Violence against women and children is...
IWSS works with women and children of non-English speaking background who are or have been in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Website: www.iwss.org.au Sexual Assault Program: 07 3846 5400 Domestic Violence Program: 07 3846 3490
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) provides information, programs, resources and advocacy to policy makers. www.napcan.org.au
PeakCare is the peak organisation for Child Protection and Family Support agencies in Queensland. www.peakcare.com.au Peak Care Professional Practise blog
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
Funded by the Queensland Government since 2002, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR ) is supported by CQUniversity to be a resource for the domestic and family violence sector and since 2016, the sexual assault sector. QCDFVR has now been at the forefront of the...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) notes that, in Australia, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of...
'The cost of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia' provides an overview of the impacts of childhood trauma, including impairments in education, work, relationships as well as mental health impacts and criminal justice impacts. The report also looks at the impacts of...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
The Domestic & Family Violence Clearing House collates a range of current research and best practice related to domestic and family violence.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research contributes to the prevention of domestic and family violence by informing, promoting and supporting the actions of individuals, communities, services and governments through state-wide leadership in research, education and evaluation...
The 'Indigenous Family Violence' web resource is a 'one stop shop' for people working, studying or interested in addressing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The website provides information and resources on prevention and/or minimisation of the...

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Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 The previous Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, created additional legal protection for people in relationships experiencing domestic and family violence, as a violation of their human rights. It...
The Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) is Commonwealth legislation that has adapted to the changing nature and role of families since its inception. An overview of the amendments of the legislation can be found here . In 2011, the definition of family violence was expanded in the FLA to include coercion and...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...

The Womens Centre Cairns is a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. Drawing funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Department of Housing and Public...

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Tiffany Tento, QCOSS

Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all...

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Stacey Ross, Manager of Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Stacey Ross from the Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients.

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Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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