Domestic and Family Violence
We all have a role to play in changing the culture and attitudes that underpin violence in our communities. Johnathan Thurston, Halfback, Cowboys
There is no place for violence, in schools, in families or in our community. Matthew Bowen, Cowboys Life Member and Community Liaison Officer.
North Queensland Cowboys
P&Cs Qld is proud to have the support of North Queensland Cowboys Johnathan Thurston and Matthew Bowen, promoting parent involvement with the Respectful Relationships education program established by DET in February 2016.
The Respectful Relationships education program is a primary prevention program focused on influencing behaviour change to prevent undesirable social consequences such as domestic and family violence. This is done through challenging attitudes about violence and gender construction known to lead to violence while also supporting students to develop pro-social behaviours that lead to equitable and respectful relationships.
Assisting to prevent domestic and family violence at school and in the home
Through the Respectful Relationships education program, teaching instructions have been developed for each year level, and may be delivered in 5 one-hour sessions to be run during school time. Specialised resources for schools and teachers include program guidelines, teaching overviews and resources for each year level. Schools are being encouraged to implement the program in collaboration with the school community and relative to each schools’ needs.
Please see your school principal to ask how the Respectful Relationships education program is being adopted in your school, for your child’s age group.
P&Cs Qld and DET have collaborated to support parents in the adoption of the new DET Domestic and Family Violence resources in their schools.
We all have a part to play in the prevention of domestic and family violence in our society.
What can P&Cs do to help prevent domestic and family violence?
- Find out more about it. You could invite a local Domestic Violence service to come and present to the P&C;
(**Please be aware that this may cause a trigger response for some members. Make sure there is adequate professional support available and give members notice prior to the presentations.)
- Know your local services and how to access them;
- Raise awareness of the issue. Get your school council involved by holding a White Ribbon day, or a “Respect day” during DV prevention month in May and raise funds for a local domestic violence refuge or service;
- Talk about it with other parents.
Support for domestic and family violence victims
Domestic violence occurs when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control the other person. Domestic and family violence usually constitutes an ongoing pattern of behaviour but can be an isolated instance of abuse or violence, aimed at controlling a partner or family member through fear.
The existence of domestic and family violence in our community and its prevention is everybody’s responsibility. It is a complex issue that can impact on anyone, regardless of age, wealth, location, cultural background, sexual identity or gender.
- Invite the person you know to talk in a place where they are alone and safe.
- Take their fears seriously and listen to what they have to say.
- Let them know the violence is not their fault—don’t blame them.
- Focus on their safety and the safety of their children. Help them by providing transport, child minding and a place to escape if they feel unsafe.
- Let them know about services that can offer confidential help.
- Let them know that DVConnect can help them to leave an abusive relationship safely and link them to other support services.
- Respect their right to make their own decisions and understand they may not be ready to leave.
- If they don’t want to talk, reassure them that you will stand by them, and be ready to talk or help, when they ask.
- Don’t be critical or make negative comments about the abusive person. This can put the person you are helping in serious danger.
- Don’t confront the abuser about their behaviour
For information on the signs and effects of domestic and family violence, guidelines on how you can support someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence, counselling, support and advice, please seek professional services.
Specialist domestic and family violence services can provide telephone crisis counselling, information and referral to crisis care facilities and refuges, support and advice with making safety plans, information on domestic violence orders and court support, access to interpreter services, emergency transport and information on longer term counselling services.
In an emergency call the police on 000 (triple zero).
DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811
24 hours, 7 days a week (Queensland)
DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636
9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week (Queensland)
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
24 hours, 7 days a week (Australia)
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
24 hours, 7 days a week (Australia)
Elder Abuse Helpline – 1300 651 192 (Queensland)
07 3867 2525 (rest of Australia)
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council
The Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council has been established to monitor the implementation of the recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland report and the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy.
The Council is chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO and includes representation from key sectors in the community and government representatives, including parent representative Mr. Darren Lockyer.