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Domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is the use or threat of harm to control another person. In many cases it can remain hidden as the person causing harm establishes control through fear and may use coercive behaviours such as intimidation and other forms of psychological abuse.

  • in Queensland, since 2006, 263 women children and men have been killed by a family member or current / former intimate partner
  • approximately two women are killed nearly every week in Australia due to DFV
  • one in six women and one in 17 men experience physical violence by a partner.

One in four women and one in six men experience emotional abuse by a current or previous partner.

Recognise, Respond, Refer: An Integrated Health Response to Domestic & Family Violence

Recognise, Respond, Refer: An Integrated Health Response to Domestic & Family Violence

For many victims of abuse, contact with a General Practitioner (GP) or primary health practitioner is often their first link with community based services.

Brisbane South PHN designed the Recognise, Respond, Refer program to assist GPs to sensitively enquire and respond to disclosures of abuse. Enhancing knowledge of the issue and providing the right referral mechanisms will significantly improve the consistency of the response to victims, increase the likelihood of early intervention and potentially, save lives.

General Practices who are interested in being part of this program should contact Jim Boden by emailing jboden@bsphn.org.au for more information.

Specialist Advice Services

Annerley
Phone (07) 3392 0644 and 1800 957 957: Women’s Legal Service provides legal assistance on a broad range of issues affecting women such as family law and domestic violence.

Bracken Ridge
Phone (07) 3269 0277: Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (Sandbag) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people.

Brisbane CBD
Phone (07) 3029 7000: Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (MICAH Projects) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people, and perpetrator intervention programs to men.

Phone 1300 651 188: Legal Aid Queensland provides legal advice for domestic violence matters from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Phone (07) 3238 3562 for court support or (07) 3247 5437 for the application assistance program: Legal Aid Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service provides court-based support at the Brisbane Magistrates Court as well as assistance to complete domestic violence protection orders applications.

Phone Mensline on 1800 600 636 : DVConnect Mensline provides support, information and referral to men at the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court.

Highgate Hill
Phone (07) 3846 3490 : Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS) offers free confidential, practical and emotional support to immigrant and refugee women from non-English speaking backgrounds and their children who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence.

Buranda Phone (07) 3028 4600: Anglicare Southern Queensland provides perpetrator intervention programs to men.

Fortitude Valley
Phone (07) 3252 4371: Centacare Family and Relationship Services Brisbane Domestic Violence Program provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims.

Greenslopes
Phone (07) 3397 7287:Carinity Communities (Talera) provides domestic violence counselling to children/young people.

Spring Hill
Phone (07) 3328 5500: Relationships Australia (Family Violence Prevention Program) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and perpetrator intervention programs to men.

West End
Phone (07) 3217 2544: Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people.

South East Region

Beenleigh
Phone (07) 3807 9922: Domestic and Family Violence Outreach Service (Beenleigh, Eagleby and Northern Gold Coast) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people.

Phone (07) 3807 7622: Centacare Family and Relationship Services (Beenleigh Domestic Violence Court Assistance) provides court based services at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court for domestic violence matters.

Logan Central
Phone (07) 3808 5566: Regional Domestic and Family Violence Service (WAVSS) provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people.

Clear Island Waters
Phone (07) 5527 7211: Centacare Family and Relationship Services – Men’s Perpetrator Behaviour Change Program provides perpetrator intervention programs to men.

Redlands
Phone (07) 3286 7766: WAVSS across the Redlands provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people, court based services at the Cleveland and Wynnum Magistrates Courts and perpetrator intervention programs to men.

Slacks Creek
Phone (07) 3826 1500: YFS Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Service provides perpetrator intervention programs to men.

Southport
Phone (07) 5532 9000: Domestic Violence Regional Service Gold Coast provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people and court based services at the Southport and Coolangatta Magistrates Courts and perpetrator intervention programs to men.

South West Region

Cunnamulla
Phone (07) 4655 8800: Far West Indigenous Family Violence Service provides domestic and family violence services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, men and children.

Goodna/Springfield/Lockyer Valley
Phone (07) 3816 3000: Domestic Violence Action Centre provides domestic violence counselling to adult victims and children/young people.

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