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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Queensland Government media release Say no to domestic and family violence this May by getting involved in one of dozens of events happening across the state to encourage Queenslanders to take a stand. Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said raising awareness of...
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Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. Each year the Queensland Government provide one-off funding to community organisations...
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The Not Now, Not Ever report card provides an overview of the challenges faced and results achieved in the State Government's plan to end domestic and family violence. The highlights card looks at how the reform program has progressed in year 2 and reinforces that significant reform takes time and...
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Queensland Youth Housing Coalition forum is holding a forum to open the dialogue about abuse in our society and how to eradicate it. The platform 1225 Forum 2018: Abuse of Power - Confronting Dynamics of Harm will feature keynote speaker Scott Miller, who has worked for the Domestic Abuse...
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Queensland Government media release A spectacular art installation of one million handwoven stars to promote peace, light and hope in the world has been unveiled in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in King George Square. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the One...
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Queensland Government media release People experiencing domestic and family violence in Mossman/Port Douglas, Cairns and Mareeba can look forward to more support with more than $5m over five years for new services. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the...
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Beyond DV is a new service, working with government agencies and service providers to help families affected by domestic violence. Officially launched in January, Beyond DV provides two distinct programs - one focussing on children and the other on women. The Bright Start program focuses on helping...
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Queensland Government media release Domestic and family violence in the LGBTIQ+ community is being put in the spotlight with funding of more than $155,000 to help train frontline workers. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer today visited the Queensland AIDS Council...
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DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) is Lifeline's free nationally recognised training program that enables health, allied health and frontline workers to confidently: Recognise signs of domestic and family violence Respond with appropriate care Refer people experiencing or at risk of...
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Community Legal Centres Queensland, in collaboration with Queensland Police Service, has published resources on recent changes to Domestic and Family Violence legislation. They have published a webinar on the Recent amendments to DV legislation and the role of the QPS High Risk teams . The Not Now...

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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’...

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