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 underway 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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