Welcome to the Community Door portal on domestic and family violence.

Domestic and family violence is internationally recognised as a fundamental violation of human rights; it is a distinctly gendered problem that disproportionately affects women and their children.

In Australia, it has gained prominence as a significant and unacceptable issue requiring urgent attention and action. A holistic approach is being undertaken at both National and State levels through campaigns, policy and program initiatives, research, legislation and cultural change.  

The statistics tell us that on average across Australia, one woman is murdered every week by a current or former partner, and that one in six women will experience physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner in their lifetime. 

In Queensland between 2013 and 2014;  there were over 66, 000 reported occurences of domestic violence across the state, equating to 180 incidents every day; and thirty five % of murders across the state were related to domestic and family violence.  

The impact of domestic and family violence on women and their children is profound, traumatic and has long term implications. It is the leading cause of trauma and child protection related concerns and interventions, and homelessnes for women and their children in Queensland. It is intergenerational in its impact and complexity; linked and leading to drug and alcohol addiction and abuse, long term health and disability issues, poverty, homelessness, family and relationship breakdown. 

Unlike other wicked social problems, domestic and family violence is entirely preventable. To prevent it from happening, and to embed the cultural and generational change required, we need to both understand it, and create a shared understanding of what contributes to it.

Our WATCh provides some key facts and definitions, including addressing the issue of violence against men. All violence is unacceptable, regardless of the gender of the victim; but the evidence shows a distinct pattern of gendered violence against women that needs addressing. Gender equality and respectful non violent relationships benefit the whole of community.  

At a National level, there are a range of reforms and processes being implemented under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their children 2010-2022

This process is parallel, yet interconnected with policy reform, support and cultural change work undertway in Queensland triggered by the "Not Now, Not Ever"report.  

If you or someone you know is in fear or anxious about their partner; please call DVConnect 1800 811 811 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

 

 

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Queensland Government media release Domestic violence help will be driving to the doors of Gold Coast women and children with the rollout of the region’s first stand-alone mobile support service. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said $1.1 million would be...
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Queensland Government media release The Torres Strait community will come together over two days to find new ways to tackle domestic and family violence in the region. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said it was fantastic to see the community taking the...
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Queensland Government media release Victims of domestic violence who want to stay in their homes are being supported with safety upgrades to their property, technology and cars. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said many women who made the tough decision...
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Queensland Courts has published a series of short, educational videos on the court process for domestic and family violence. This series explains how the court makes and deals with domestic violence orders. The videos are also available in Auslan, Arabic, Mandarin, Persian/Farsi, Spanish, Thai and...
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The Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever campaign aims to raise community awareness and encourage community participation during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May. We all have a role to play in ending domestic and family violence and Queenslanders are being encouraged to...
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Queensland Government media release Sexual assault victims in Townsville will continue to have access to 24/7 support, with a funding boost for the North Queensland Combined Women’s Services, known as the Women’s Centre. The Women’s Centre will receive $340,000 per year for the next two years, so...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
Service providers in the Rockhampton and Fraser Coast areas have come together to scope and design projects that strengthen the capacity and capability of their local child and family support sector. The projects come through the Strengthening our Place initiative which is part of the Quensland...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
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DV Work Aware is a new pilot program funded by Queensland Government Department of Communities and operated by Queensland Working Women's Service. The objective of the program is to raise awareness of the proactive and responsive role that workplaces can play in the community and for employees in...

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This resource produced by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research provides a ready reference on reliable recent statistics on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence with a particular focus on Queensland. It is primarily an overview of the ‘facts and figures’...
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national organisation, providing high quality information about domestic and family violence issues and practice. The primary goal of the Clearinghouse is to prevent domestic and family violence. They do this by supporting specialist...

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