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Domestic and family violence

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that domestic and family violence are not acceptable and must be prevented. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates: 

  • the recognition that the right of women and children to be free from violence takes priority over the children having a meaningful relationship with each parent;
  • robust processes that met international best practice for the review of deaths due to domestic or family violence;
  • acknowledgement that people sometimes stay in abusive relationships and the implementation of assistance mechanisms to deal with this reality;
  • integrated community responses to domestic and family violence;
  • improvement of police, judicial and legislative responses to family violence; and
  • Early intervention and prevention approach.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

Abuse on Contact I

Monday, July 27, 2015
Abuse on contact (AOC) is harm that occurs when victims (both adults and children) of family or domestic violence are exposed to ongoing violence post-separation as a result of the legal requi > more

Abuse on Contact II

Monday, July 27, 2015
Abuse on contact is harm that occurs when victims (both adults and children) of family or domestic violence are exposed to ongoing violence post-separation as a result of the legal requirement > more

Domestic and family violence: Connecting your clients to Legal Aid Queensland’s services

Friday, May 27, 2016
Presented by Legal Aid Queensland on 27 May 2016. > more

Family Dispute Resolution

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The family law system encourages parents to try and agree on arrangements for their children without having to go to court. > more

Family law case law update

Friday, April 7, 2017
Family law is a dynamic area of practice, and accounts for over one third of community legal centres’ work. > more

Amendments to Victims of Crime Assistance in Queensland

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Changes to Queensland’s victim support system will simplify how victims can apply for financial assistance, and expand the scope of financial assistance to include a broader range of victims o > more

Domestic and family violence leave

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
With an increased understanding of the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence in our community and in our workplaces, Australian unions are advocating for Paid Domestic and Famil > more

When violence affects your tenancy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Queensland’s residential tenancies laws can help a person who wants to change their living arrangements after an act of violence. > more

Domestic & Family Violence and Community Lawyering

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Domestic and family violence (DFV) permeates community legal work, spilling into every day matters like tenancy, debt and employment law. > more

Recent amendments to DV legislation and the role of the Qld Police Service High Risk Teams

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Not Now, Not Ever Report made a range of recommendations to review and amend domestic and family violence legislation to better protect victims and hold perpetrators to account. > more

Domestic violence and trauma informed practice

Monday, April 23, 2018
Community legal centres are a key stakeholder in assisting victims of domestic violence (DV) with advice and support. > more

The Family Advocacy and Support Service

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Last year, the Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) was implemented in the Family Law Courts in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. > more

Police responses to domestic violence in the LGBTI community

Thursday, October 25, 2018
While there have been many positive steps taken to raise awareness of and improve responses to domestic violence (DV) in Queensland in recent years, there is still significant under-reporting > more

How can Australia's social security system improve the support it provides to people experiencing family and domestic violence?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Income support can mean the difference between staying in an abusive relationship or leaving to rebuild a productive life, but how well does the social security system take into account family > more

How to make use of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book and the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 Bench Book

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book was launched in 2017 and updated in 2018. > more

13. Domestic violence appeal case round-up 2018-19

Monday, July 1, 2019
Get up to date on 2018-19 DV (domestic violence) case law with this summary of Queensland DV cases, presented by Seraphina Noble of counsel. This webinar recaps important older cases and recent appeal judgments. The focus is on points which will be of most practical use for lawyers advising or representing clients in DV matters, Seraphina highlights some of the issues of integrated responses to domestic violence. > more

12. Responding to domestic violence in the workplace

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
This webinar, which is relevant to everyone in a workplace, discusses the recognise/respond/refer framework for domestic violence in the workplace, outlines management responsibilities for supervisors and team leaders, explains the connection between WHS and domestic violence, and highlights the importance of self-care for all workers and volunteers.   > more

11. Domestic violence and trauma informed practice

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
In this webinar, Rachel Neil, Principal Solicitor at Women’s Legal Service, discusses trauma and the effect of victims of DV, the importance of validating the victim through trauma informed practice, and assessing safety through interviewing. Rachel provides some practical tips to help you get the best information from your client while minimising the negative impact.  > more

10. Assisting respondents in domestic violence matters

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Working effectively with respondents is a key part of keeping aggrieved parties safe in domestic violence matters, ensuring the smooth operation of DV courts, and helping to effect change in this area. Many CLC staff are working as DV duty lawyers; other CLC staff and volunteers are advising clients about DV matters and may need to develop these skills quickly.  > more

9. Assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in domestic violence matters

Friday, July 5, 2019
Cultural competency is critical to the providing effective services and minimising barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in need of legal services.  Angela Carroll, Solicitor at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service (North Queensland), discusses the challenges in providing effective assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and outline practical strategies to assist in day-to-day practice. > more

8. Assisting young clients in domestic violence matters

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Natasha Tanirau-Stanley (Nee Pettit), Principal Solicitor at Youth and Family Services Logan presents this 30 minute webinar on assisting young clients, including working with applicants and respondents in domestic violence matters, and engaging with clients who cannot attend a service’s offices in person.  > more

7. Assisting clients with disabilities in domestic violence matters

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Clients with disabilities who experience domestic violence are especially vulnerable, and need specialised assistance. In this webinar, Leona Berrie, Project Manager from WWILD covers intersections between disability and gendered violence/domestic violence, common communication issues, and strategies to mitigate communication issues and improve accessibility (it’s not just about ramps and lifts!).  > more

6. Assisting culturally and linguistically diverse clients in domestic violence matters

Monday, July 8, 2019
In this webinar, Rob Lachowicz (RAILS Education Officer, Solicitor and Migration Agent), together with Ingrid Green (IWSS Senior Support Worker) discuss practical tips for assisting culturally diverse clients, domestic violence and the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), and working with interpreters in courts and tribunals.  > more

5. Assisting LGBTIQ clients in domestic violence matters

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Kai Priestly and Renea Hart drew on their experience at the LGBTI Legal Service to present a 15 minute mini-webinar the effect of domestic violence on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) clients and how to best assist them.  > more

4. Victim Assist Queensland and domestic violence

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Victims Assist Queensland provides information and advice for victims of crime, including assistance with reporting an incident, obtaining help and support, and obtaining financial compensation. In this webinar, Julia Morgan from VAQ explains the services VAQ can provide, the role VAQ has in supporting people who have experienced DV and how to help victims apply for financial compensation. > more

3. Practical legal ethics and working together for DV clients

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Workers assisting clients experiencing domestic violence face daily challenges in providing wrap-around services by working with police, courts, other CLCs, and support services. In this webinar, Jason Garrick, lawyer at Legal Aid Queensland, discusses meeting ethical requirements while working effectively with other services. > more

2. Identifying and triaging domestic violence issues in community legal centres

Friday, July 12, 2019
Clients experiencing domestic violence may not always present to a CLC identifying this as their issue. CLC staff and volunteers may need to work through various legal and social issues to ensure that domestic violence is not missed. This webinar highlights the importance of identifying domestic violence issues, and how to ensure that they are not missed and the response provided is appropriate – even on the busiest days!  > more

1. Domestic violence law and practice in Queensland

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) was most recently amended in January 2018. Magistrates Court practice in this area continues to evolve with the roll-out of specialist courts across the state. Staying up-to-date in this area is essential for community lawyers and workers to provide clients with effective support and advice.  > more

Risks, considerations and conversations about safety when domestic and family violence comes to work

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Domestic and family violence (DFV) affects a wide range of people in not only their home and personal lives, but can also have far-reaching impacts on their social and economic participation, > more