New forum takes on DFV and sexual violence at the frontline

Published:05 September 2017

Associate Professor Annabel Taylor.

Frontline workers in the battle against domestic, family and sexual violence will share their expertise at a new CQUniversity event.

As Australia marks National Child Protection Week (3 – 9 September), researchers at the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) say the national conversation around family violence is shifting, and there’s new demand for practical tools to improve how service providers respond to crises.

The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum will bring together practitioners who work with both victims and perpetrators, and hear from international experts.

On Wednesday and Thursday 1-2 November at the Hilton Brisbane, the event is presented by CQUniversity’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR).

QCDFVR director Associate Professor Annabel Taylor said the forum is timely as state and national agencies drive change in the field.

“Queensland’s policy and practice landscape has changed dramatically in the past two years, and so have the national conversations around domestic, family and sexual violence,” Associate Prof Taylor said.

She said understanding initiatives like the Queensland Women’s Strategy, the Not Now, Not Ever - Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026, and the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan would be key to maximising impact in the field.

“The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum is designed for practitioners who are working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with victims and survivors, families, and children, as well as with perpetrators,” she said.

“We are building a program which has a focus on tools for practitioners. We have heard from the field that frontline workers want to hear more about ‘new ways of working’, so the event will explore the practice/ research interface.”

The two-day forum will hear from Quinnipiac University’s Professor Lori Sudderth, whose research focuses on the challenges of providing services and safety to victims of gendered violence in the US, and effectiveness of policy response.

Sydney psychologist and counsellor Jackie Burke, and Adelaide family violence intervention service provider Alan Jenkins, will also share their extensive experience.

Earlybird registration to attend the event closes 2 October, subject to availability.

Visit for the full program, and to register.

CQUniversity is working at the frontline of domestic and family violence education, with courses in Domestic and Family Violence Practice, and in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change.

Available for distance study, the courses are designed to develop skills for workers in a range of community, criminal justice, health and child safety organisations, or people aspiring to careers in those field.

Students can also enrol in individual stand-alone units, providing an important professional development opportunity for busy frontline workers.