Free two day Domestic Violence conference for QUT students

CJRC member Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz will speak at a free two day Domestic Violence conference for QUT students

Dr Ron Frey from the School of Psychology and Counselling has organised a free two day domestic violence conference for QUT students.

May 27th and 28th May
10 am – 4 pm
H101, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Please note attendance is free, but there is somewhat limited seating in the auditorium.
All QUT students, family and friends are most cordially welcome.  The programme is designed to maximise the participation of the audience and allow them to ask the questions they would really like answered.

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PartnerSPEAK Symposium: The impact of online child abuse offending on families

Natalie Walker, a student in JS12, QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence, founded PartnerSPEAK, an online peer support forum for people concerned about child exploitation material viewed by their partners or other family members. PartnerSPEAK is hosting its first symposium. Details are below. Read more

CJRC Researchers on ABC The World Today

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Dr Claire Ferguson, QUT lecturer
Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, QUT
Angela Lynch, Women’s legal service
Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts
Bill Potts, Qld Law Society

Listen to the podcast here

Criminologists in Australia have warned that the family court system is exposing children to abuse. New research reveals that allegations of child sexual abuse raised during divorce or domestic violence cases are often not treated seriously enough.

Katherine Gregory reported this story on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last chance for abstracts for Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium

CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz is a member of the organising group for the Queensland Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium to be held at The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) at Central Queensland University on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February 2017.

The Call for abstracts ends 30 October. Read more

CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz on Big Ideas domestic violence forum

CJRC Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, coordinator of QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence

will speak at Domestic Violence – Unheard Voices
presented by Caxton Legal Centre and QUT Law Faculty
Part of our Justice in Focus Series.
Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST) Register here
Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex – 415 George Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000 – View Map

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Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz headed to European Conference on Domestic Violence

CJRC Director Molly Dragiewicz will travel to the European Conference on Domestic Violence in Belfast from 6-9 September, 2015.

She will present Psychological abuse: Insights from emerging research on romance fraud and domestic violence, co-authored with Dr. Cassandra Cross and Dr. Kelly Richards.

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Upcoming event: Romantic Terrorism – How He Gets into Her Head


Please join us at the next Crime and Justice Research Centre Seminar Series for Romantic Terrorism – How He Gets into Her Head
with Associate Professor Sharon Hayes.

Thursday 7 May 2015
3.00pm – 4.30pm, afternoon tea provided
Room C412, Level 4, C Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane Read more

In the news: Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence


The Crime and Justice Research Centre event Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: Challenges and Recommendations for Justice Responses was held Tuesday 21 April 2015 at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane. Supporting Survivors was co-sponsored by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at Central Queensland University.

The event was covered by Brisbane Times, APN and ABC radio and stories about the presentations ran in 56 regional newspapers throughout Australia. Read more

Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: RSVP by 17 April 2015

Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: Challenges and Recommendations for Justice Responses

QUT’s Crime and Justice Research Centre and CQU’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research for a discussion about research and practice to improve justice responses to domestic and family violence in Queensland. We welcome practitioners, survivors, scholars, students and community members to attend this community event.

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm with afternoon tea provided from 3.30pm – 4.00pm          Location: SLQ Auditorium 2,
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane, 4101
see map here

Please RSVP by Friday 17 April 2015 to

Panel 1: Domestic violence: Improving systems responses to Indigenous survivors

Research Perspective
Who’s failing whom? From policy to criminology: The potential consequences of Indigenous children’s exposure to family violence and its impact on Indigenous families and communities.
Dr Kylie Cripps
Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Practice Perspective
Key challenges and recommendations for improving legal systems responses to survivors: Regional and metropolitan experiences
Wynetta Dewis and Hayley Smith
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service

Panel 2: Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence

Research Perspective
Muslim women’s experiences with the criminal justice system in Australia: Reporting intimate partner violence
Dr Nada Ibrahim
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Practice Perspective
Domestic violence and the criminal law: Can we do this better?
Her Honour Judge Fleur Y Kingham
District Court Judge, Queensland

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Domestic violence service provision and rural life: An Australian case study


“One client who is in domestically [sic] violent relationship – not many people know. Her husband is in a high position in town and he beats her, I mean really bad and she’ll try to hide it. She’ll come into town with a black eye and bruises and tell everyone she had a car accident. Another time she said she slipped in the bath, or she’ll avoid coming into town for a while. She will run out of excuses soon, she can’t keep saying she had a car accident again.” (Family Counsellor)

One the major characteristics of domestic violence is its invisibility. In rural areas it is cloaked by the privacy of family life and the tyranny of distance. Research just published by Santi Owen and Kerry Carrington confirms how victims in rural towns go to great lengths to hide their abuse. Their study involved interviews with 49 rural service providers from criminal justice agencies, including police, courts, health and welfare services across 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) with high rates of domestic assault.

Contrary to common belief, as a proportion per capita, rates of domestic assault are higher in rural and regional areas. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research provides annual rankings of the top 50 LGAs with the highest rate of reported DV incidences per 100,000 population. At the time of this study 46 of the top 50 LGAs with the highest rate of domestic violent assaults were located in regional and rural NSW. Only 4 were in metropolitan areas. The interviews with rural DV service providers undertaken for this study were drawn from 12 of the highest ranking localities for domestic assault.

The interviews provided rich insights into women’s decisions whether or not to seek intervention from government-funded services in rural areas. The study found these decisions can be affected in distinctive ways in rural communities.
Firstly, personal shame attached to being a victim of DV encourages rural women to be complicit in remaining silent, making it difficult for service providers to access clients. This then leads to under-use of regional DV services and chronic under-reporting of DV.

Secondly, heightened privacy valued by rural families leaves DV victims isolated on rural properties, again frustrating the objectives of DV service provision.
Thirdly, when women break their silence to seek DV service support, the tyranny of distance and lack of services within close proximity to where they live makes it difficult for regional services to operate efficiently, or even operate at all.
Fourthly, informal social controls that act as a deterrent to women to seek assistance to end the abuse, also act to similarly stigmatise DV service providers (police, courts, health and social work personnel), making them vulnerable to social stigma, exclusion and professional isolation.

Lastly, because of these difficulties in reporting and service provision, the implementation of an integrated service provision model, the model adopted in urban settings, confronts manifold more obstacles in rural settings.

Read the full article here: Santi Owen and Kerry Carrington, (2015) ‘Domestic Violence (DV) Service Provision and the Architecture of Rural Life: An Australian Case Study’, Journal of Rural Studies, April 2015