Domestic and family violence

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What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence is when one person uses violent, abusive or bullying behaviour to scare or control a partner, former partner or member of their family. It can include physical, sexual, emotional, social, verbal, spiritual and economic abuse. 

Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone. It happens:

  • in every community
  • in all cultures
  • to young and old
  • to wealthy and poor
  • to men and women.

If you are experiencing abuse or violence it is not your fault. It is the abuser who is responsible.

In Australia:

  • 1 in 4 women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.
  • The equivalent of one woman per week is murdered by a partner or former partner.
  • Almost 10 women a day are hospitalised with injuries inflicted by a partner or former partner.
  • 1 in 20 men have experienced domestic violence.

Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about domestic and family violence.

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

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Everyone has a part to play in creating communities free from violence in families or between partners. 

Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness and to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.

Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month, including community grants and resources.

Red Bench project

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The Red Bench project is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and build a permanent reminder that domestic and family violence occurs within all communities.

Council supports the campaign and has provided 12 red benches throughout the Moreton Bay Region.

While we don’t recommend visiting the benches right now, these benches will be the starting point for change in our region by sparking much-needed discussion about the effects of domestic and family violence on the community.

You can find a red bench at the following locations:

  • Bongaree Jetty precinct, Toorbul Street, Bongaree
  • Arthur Hayes Community Complex, Raymond Terrace, Deception Bay
  • Caboolture Town Square, King Street, Caboolture
  • Lake Eden precinct, Memorial Drive, North Lakes
  • Henry Pieper Park, Anzac Avenue, Kippa Ring
  • John Oxley Park, Marine Parade, Redcliffe
  • Corner of School Road and Anzac Avenues, Kallangur
  • Gympie Road, Strathpine (near the Court House)
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council Strathpine Administration Building, Hall Street, Strathpine
  • Ferny Way, Ferny Hills
  • Narangba Town Square, Young Road, Narangba
  • Archer Street, Woodford

Visit the Red Rose Foundation website for more information.

Where to get help

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Reach out for help if you:

  • are in a controlling or violent relationship
  • know or suspect someone is being abused
  • recognise that you have abusive behaviours and want to change.

In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000).

Information and support

Service Contact
DVConnect Womensline 1800 811 811
DVConnect Mensline 1800 600 636
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Lifeline 131 114
Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 010 120

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Local support services

Service Contact
Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA)

(07) 5498 9533

Men's Information & Support Organisation (07) 3889 7312
Bribie Island Neighbourhood Centre (07) 3204 2022
Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre (07) 5495 3818
Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre (07) 3204 2022
Encircle Pine Rivers (07) 3889 0063
Encircle Redcliffe (07) 3284 3081

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Legal information and support

Service Contact
Women’s Legal Service 1800 957 957
Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Services

(07) 5495 5916

Pine Rivers Community Legal Service

(07) 3881 3500