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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The Queensland Government has released a Domestic and Family Violence Media Guide to support journalists reporting on domestic and family violence (DFV) incidents in Queensland. The guide recognises the influential role media plays in raising awareness and shaping attitudes around DFV. Access the...
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Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland police will be better placed to deal with domestic and family violence following the announcement of 24 new specialist domestic and family violence coordinators across the State. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the new, specially-trained...
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The Women's Legal Service Queensland has developed the Penda app, a new free smartphone app to provide women who have experienced domestic and family violence with financial, legal and referral information. It has been tailored for intimate relationships but still may be relevant to other...
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Queensland Government media release Reforms underpinned by reviews of the Child Safety, Foster Care and Blue Card systems will see Queensland lead the nation in keeping children safe. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman and Attorney General Yvette D’Ath today...
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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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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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