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New mobile app to address domestic and family violence

A new phone app is now available to make it easier for Queenslanders to recognise domestic violence and safely take action to support their friend or family member.

Minister for Women and the Preven­tion of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government have partnered with the Griffith University MATE Bystander Pro­gram and Telstra on the new bystander app project.

“Across the State our communities have been deeply impacted by recent tragic events and we know people want to do more to put a stop to violence against women,” Minister Fentiman said.

“That’s why we have partnered with the Griffith University MATE Bystander program and Telstra to develop the Be there app to make it even easier for Queenslanders to access vital information they need to support a friend or family member experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV).
“The community has been coming out in force, at rallies and vigils, declaring ‘enough is enough’. This app will be aimed at these very people who are determined that they won’t let this happen to their friends, family and loved ones. We’re trying to make it easier for Queenslanders to identify what DFV is and be able to respond earlier and appropriately to what can usually be a complex and difficult situation. The app will provide helpful infor­mation and will refer users to resources and services,” she said.

“It will also work as a guide to help a bystander to do simple appropriate things like check in with their friend, offer their support — now or whenever they need it. Because we know that even the smallest gestures or actions can be powerful.”

The Be there app is now available from Apple and Android stores.

Source: This article is an excerpt based on © The State of Queensland 1997–2022 (Department of the Premier and Cabinet) <https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94114>. Published 15 December 2021.

(Posted 9 May 2022)

International Women’s Day 8 March 2022

‘First Nations Women’s Elder Adviser’ a first for shared understanding of health

Listening to the voices of First Nations women has been taken to a new level with the appointment of Gunggari Elder, Aunty Peggy Tidyman, as Queensland Women’s Health Network’s inaugural ‘First Nations Women’s Elder Adviser’.

The voluntary position is unique in acknowledging and respecting the valuable role that First Nations women Elders play in all aspects of health outcomes relating to family, culture and community.

The concept of a First Nations Women’s Elder Adviser (FNWEA) role was raised by Aunty Peggy in 2021 in the lead up to her retirement from the QWHN Management Committee. It came in response to the Committee’s request to continue the valuable relationship, in order to enhance the commitment towards partnering with and improving health and cultural access for First Nations women across Queensland.

In accepting the role, Aunty Peggy said, “This will create a shared understanding of cultural links to health practices, strengthening partnerships and listening to the voices of First Nations women Elders at the community level.”

“It will support QWHN Representatives to connect with First Nations Elder networks on cultural perspectives that incorporate ‘Close the Gap’ targets for First Nations women’s health and well-being outcomes.”

QWHN Chairperson, Dr Betty McLellan, said “A woman with Aunty Peggy’s knowledge and understanding was simply too valuable for us to lose, and we’re delighted that she’s taken on this new role with QWHN.”

On this International Women’s Day 8 March 2022, we acknowledge the important contributions of First Nations women past and present, and stand in solidarity to support their calls for truth-telling and justice. We encourage other women’s not-for-profits to take action by connecting with, and listening to local women Elders to develop their own adviser positions. Organisations are welcome to use our FNWEA document as a starting point.”

The FNWEA document is available at: HERE


Queensland Women’s Health Network acknowledges the Traditional Owners/Cultural Custodians of the lands, waters and seas across Queensland, pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and listens to First Nations voices under the guiding principles of Care, Share and Respect.

Queensland Women’s Health Network Inc (QWHN) is a not-for-profit organisation and gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the Queensland Government (Department of Justice and Attorney General).

(Posted 4 March 2022)

Queensland Women's Week: 5-13 March 2022

Queensland Women's Week is an expansion of International Women’s Day (8 March), providing for a week-long, statewide celebration of the achievements of Queensland women and girls.

The week will run from Saturday 5 March to Sunday 13 March 2022.

This year’s theme is ‘Keep Making Noise’, encouraging us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and girls while recognising there is still more to be done.

For more information on the week, including accessing the free downloadable resources, or to add to or check the event calendar, visit www.qld.gov.au/womensweek

Source: Based on © The State of Queensland 2021 (CC-BY 3.0)

(Updated 28 February 2022)

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future 2020 Report has been released!

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing Our Rights, Securing our Future 2020 holds the voices and stories of over 2,000 First Nations women and girls of all ages, from all across Australia, belonging to hundreds of different ancestral countries. The report carries their incredible strengths, unyielding determination and diverse lived realities.

Wiyi Yani U Thangani provides a well overdue gender lens to all aspects of life from health to justice, employment, safety, land and country, child protection and education.

It provides the evidence that the inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls are perpetuated and entrenched by mainstream systems and structures that have marginalised the voices of women and girls for generations. Wiyi Yani U Thangani sets out a comprehensive plan for large-scale structural change needed to combat and overcome these inequalities.

The Report and the Community Guide can be accessed at: <https://wiyiyaniuthangani.humanrights.gov.au/report/report>.

Source: Based on © Australian Human Rights Commission. Provided under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY 4.0).

(Posted 18 January 2022)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN MUST STOP: Five stories of strength and survival
24 November 2021


Conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing climate-related disasters have led to higher levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing into sharp focus the urgent need to stem the scourge.

Globally, nearly one-in-three women have experienced violence, with crises driving the numbers even higher. Gender-based violence (GBV), the most pervasive violation of human rights, is neither natural, nor inevitable, and must be prevented.

Marking the 16 Days of Activism to combat violence against women and girls, UN Women is showcasing the voices of five survivors, each of whose names has been changed to protect their identity. Be forewarned that each character sketch includes descriptions of gender-based violence.

Continue reading: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1106322

(© United Nations. Posted 30/11/21)


The Healing Foundation has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to co-design and develop the first ever Queensland Healing Strategy.

Their voices have been brought together in the ‘Dreaming Big’ report which is available here:

Queensland Healing Strategy


QUEENSLAND WOMEN'S WEEK 3 to 14 March 2021

The theme for the week is: Celebrating our present. Own our future.

The theme encourages us to reflect on the achievements of women in managing a year impacted by additional challenges and to look to a future made brighter as a result of the efforts of women in various roles.

Recognising and celebrating the contribution of women and girls enriches and strengthens our communities and creates a more equal Queensland where everyone is valued.

Coordinated by the Office for Women, Queensland Women's Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland's women and girls.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a Queensland community that respects women, embraces gender equality, and promotes and protects the rights, interests and well-being of women and girls.

Find more information about Women's Health Week here.

For a range of services and information visit the Queensland Women page.

(Based on Office for Women CCBY4.0. Posted 16 Feb 2021)


Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) launched a new website for all women and girls with disability living in Australia. The new website, Our Site (previously Our Place), has been created by women and girls with disability for women and girls with disability. Over 100 women with disability across Australia have directly contributed to the design and development of the website.

Our Site provides practical resources and information across five main areas:
Human rights
Leadership and participation
Decision making and choices
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Safety from all forms of violence.

Our Site also showcases real stories from over 40 women with disability from across Australia.

This long-awaited online resource is now available here: oursite.wwda.org.au

(Posted 9 Sept 2020)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SET TO ESCALATE WITH COVID-19 -- Services across the state on alert and families at risk

by Queensland Domestic Violence Service Network and the Women’s Health Service Alliance
For Immediate Release: 23rd March 2020

Specialist frontline domestic and family violence and women’s health workers are on ready alert for higher rates and increasingly serious cases of domestic violence as COVID-19 forces significant proportions of the population into isolation and places financial strain on families reliant upon income from insecure work.

From across the state we are hearing from a number of specialist women’s health and domestic and family violence services that the way they deliver services are changing to adapt to the ever evolving COVID-19 virus. Most services have many staff working from home wherever possible, ensuring services continue to be offered via telephone and video conferencing facilities. We know that some homes will become extraordinarily dangerous and terrifying for women and children at risk of, or currently experiencing, domestic violence. State-wide services such as DVConnect will continue to be there to support 24/7.

“As of this week we will see an increase in working and supporting clients by phone only’’ says The Centre For Women & Co. CEO, Stacey Ross. “We have heard that some services are still attending court whilst others, including our service, have pulled that support and can now only offer over the phone support. It is causing distress and anxiety among women and children as well as our frontline teams.’’

DVConnect, CEO, Beck O’Connor, says “We have serious concerns about women’s limited ability to make contact with services face to face or thinking they cannot escape from life threatening danger while under imposed home isolation or quarantine. We also have significant concern that men may not actively be seeking or attending change behaviour programs over the coming months, so we need to rapidly implement or ramp up alternative ways of keeping men engaged, discussing strategies for managing their behaviour while in isolation and accountability for their choice to use violence”.

Queensland Domestic Violence Service Network and the Women’s Health Service Alliance and its members warn that women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence who are in quarantine are going to be the most affected. “We are extremely concerned that women who have to quarantine and are unable to have direct contact with specialist staff will have limited options to access safe accommodation, justice processes and will remain in violent homes,” says Cathy Crawford, Coordinator of The Townsville Women’s Centre. The situation could/will worsen exponentially if the virus spreads to service agencies or crisis accommodation facilities themselves. “However, it is extremely important to know that while face to face services are limited, contact can be made via the phone, Facebook, and website, and support will be provided,’’ says Cathy.

The full statement continues here: Domestic violence to escalate with COVID - MR 23Mar2020

(Posted 24 Mar 2020)


15 October 2019
Excerpt from Media Statement by Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, The Honourable Di Farmer

The Palaszczuk Government has listened to victims and survivors to create Queensland’s first ever Sexual Violence Prevention Framework.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence committed to a Queensland where everyone lives free of the fear, threat or experience of sexual violence.

“For the first time we have a framework which builds on our progress so far, brings together the evidence and advice of survivors with the expertise and experience of the people who are there to support them - and establishes an over-arching framework for all Government policy and programs addressing sexual violence,” she said.

“While community attitudes are changing thanks to social movements like #metoo and #timesup, and the committed advocacy of survivors and Governments, evidence shows experiences of sexual violence are widespread.

“One in five women over the age of 15 and one in 20 men have experienced sexual assault — which means we all know someone who’s been affected.”

For information on the new Framework, go to:

(Posted Oct 2019)


Media Release by The Honourable Di Farmer, Friday 27 September 2019

Queenslanders are being urged to take a stand against sexual violence and show their support for survivors ahead of next month’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Minister for Women Di Farmer marked the start of the month on the Gold Coast today (Friday 27 September) to coincide with the launch of Australia’s first Start by Believing campaign hosted by the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence.

“Start by Believing is a global campaign designed to change the way we respond to sexual assault, reminding us all that the most important thing we can say to someone who discloses sexual assault is I believe you,” Ms Farmer said. “One in five women over the age of fifteen, and one in twenty men have experienced sexual assault.

“If you are a woman with an intellectual disability, there is a ninety percent chance you’ve been assaulted. That means everybody knows someone who’s experienced sexual assault, whether you know it or not.”

Ms Farmer said while sexual violence statistics were shocking, it was believed many more assaults go unreported.

“This is what makes Sexual Violence Awareness Month so important as it provides a platform to raise awareness in our communities, schools and workplaces, and to show victims that help is available and they are not alone,” she said.

“We are fortunate in Queensland to have a strong, passionate sexual violence support sector, working together through the Queensland Sexual Assault Network, who have been active in promoting and coordinating Sexual Violence Awareness Month activities.

For the full media release: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/27/sexual-violence-awareness-month-supports-survivors

(Posted Sept 2019)

WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK  2–6 September 2019

Take the lead on your health and pave the way to a healthier you!

Jean Hailes’
Women’s Health Week
2–6 September 2019

Sign up to receive free daily health information & tools to unlock your powers for good health.


Looking for an event?
There are more than 2500 events happening all around Australia during Women’s Health Week https://events.womenshealthweek.com.au/events

(Posted Aug 2019)


During 17-25 August 2019, Queensland Seniors Week will connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation.

For some living in rural and remote areas, Seniors Week is the one time of year they get to catch up with current and long-lost friends.

So let’s come together Queensland!

Register and find events near you: www.qldseniorsweek.org.au/events



NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.










For information: https://www.naidoc.org.au/

(Posted June 2019)


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