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domestic and family violence


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The Voice’s Siala Robson charged with DV and assault

Siala Robson, former finalist on The Voice faces charges of assaulting her former partner when she appeared via videolink in Redcliffe Magistrates Court this week. The singer is charged with two counts of common assault in public place while adversely affected by intoxicating substance. She also faces a count of assault occasioning bodily harm in …

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Qld criminalises coercive control and stealthing

The Queensland Parliament today passed legislation criminalising coercive control and making the maximum penalty for stealthing life in prison. The government also legislated for an affirmative model of consent to sex. Coercive Control Coercive control makes a person dependent on a perpetrator by isolating them from support, exploiting them, regulating their everyday behaviour and basically …

Ben Bjarnesen (right) wearing a LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation shirt against a Mardi Gras backdrop

Ben Bjarnesen’s DV charity to march in Mardi Gras Parade

The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation will bring an important message to Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade with their first float on Saturday night. Queensland campaigner Ben Bjarnesen (above right), founded the charity in 2020. Each year on May 28, the charity recognises LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Ben, a domestic violence survivor himself, said the …

Pick up the Phone - Domestic Violence

Experiencing domestic violence? PLEASE – pick up the phone

People experiencing domestic violence require support. Across Australia, that support is available for all people needing it, including LGBTQIA+ people. PLEASE – if you are experiencing domestic violence, pick up the phone. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the time to act is now. Support and counselling are available over the …

Ben Bjarnesen is up for Queensland's Australian of the Year contender

Ben Bjarnesen among Qld’s Australian of the Year nominees

Former Queensland police officer and LGBTQIA+ domestic violence campaigner Ben Bjarnesen is a 2024 Australian of the Year Award nominee for Queensland. In July, Ben left the Queensland Police Service after 15 years. The high-profile, well-known gay police officer was regional coordinator of the QPS’ LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer program. Ben worked on numerous initiatives to …

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

DocQ: How to talk to your GP about domestic violence

May 28th is LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a day to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence in queer relationships. DocQ is back to chat to us about healthy relationships and how to chat to your GP when you’re feeling unsafe. As a GP, it’s important for me to remind my patients that …

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll

DV inquiry report calls for LGBTIQ+ reform in Queensland Police

A scathing report from the inquiry into Queensland Police Service’s handling of domestic and family violence has made recommendations to benefit LGBTIQ victim-survivors. The state government set up the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the QPS Responses to Domestic and Family Violence earlier this year. The inquiry received more than 400 submissions from victim-survivors around …

Albanese government treasurer Jim Chalmers delivers first federal Budget in parliament

Wins for LGBTIQ health and HIV prevention in federal budget

Australia’s peak LGBTIQ+ health bodies have welcomed funding in the federal budget for LGBTIQ+ health services and renewing the fight against HIV transmission in Australia. Federal treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese Government’s first budget in Canberra on Tuesday night. In it, the federal government has allocated $1.3m over two years to national consultations …

Light up the Night Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation

Light up the Night gala ball for DV Awareness

The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation will hold the inaugural Light up the Night gala ball on May 27, 2022. The foundation promises a night of decadence and delightful entertainment. And it all takes place in one of Brisbane’s most beautiful and prestigious venues, the majestic Brisbane City Hall. The elegant, black-tie Light up the …

#SeenAndBelieved LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

#SeenAndBelieved: LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day 2022

LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day highlights domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse in LGBTQ+ communities. The annual campaign increases visibility to help ensure there are no invisible victims in the future. Because everyone, no matter what their sexuality or gender identity, should feel #SeenAndBelieved. The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation invites everyone to …

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