Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (DFVP Month) to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence (DFV) and to send a clear message that DFV in families and homes will not be tolerated.

There has been a recent push for the government along with the private sector, community groups and individuals to all work together to help prevent domestic family violence and to adequately support those affected.

The theme this year is “All of us together”.
By emphasizing this theme, it highlights the need for all levels of society to take action against DFV in order to achieve lasting cultural change. After all, whether you realise it or not, domestic family violence impacts every level of society.

If you are worried about someone, now is the time to reach out to help prevent domestic and family violence.

What can you do?

  • Reach out to the victim and offer them support
  • Let the victim know that support is available and point them in the right direction (See details below)
  • In the event of an emergency, if an incident of domestic violence is currently happening, if anyone is seriously injured or in immediate danger, call police on Triple Zero (000)
  • For all other domestic and family violence-related matters, contact Policelink on 131 444, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic and family violence – support is available.
You can contact DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days) or DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636 (9am-midnight, 7 days).

If there is an immediate danger and you fear for your, or someone else’s, safety, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for police.

For more information and support options, visit qld.gov.au/domesticviolence

Some other resources include:

Qld Mental Health Commission – https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/emergency-contacts

24/7 crisis services

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

1800 Respect 1800 737 732

Other support and information services

Alcohol and Drug Information Service 1800 177 833

Counselling online (drug and alcohol) 1800 888 236

Quitline 13 78 48

SANE Australia 1800 18 7263

headspace 1800 650 890

youthbeyondblue 1300 22 46 36

Veterans Support Service 1800 011 046

QLife (LGBTI) 1800 184 527

Griefline 1300 845 745

Grow Australia (support through peer groups) 1800 558 268

Qld Health – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/suicide

Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or you know someone who is, REACH OUT. It could save a life.