We appreciate your interest in covering a story about domestic, family and sexual violence in Queensland. We believe that the more media report on this issue and the more we keep the conversation going, the more Queenslanders will be challenged to rethink their attitudes towards domestic, family and sexual violence.

Domestic and family violence and sexual assault is a violation of basic human rights. Everyone, regardless of their sex, religion, nationality, race, language, relationship, or living arrangements, has the right to feel safe, and be safe, in public and at home. As a journalist, you can play a powerful role in helping to build a society where fewer people find excuses for violent behaviour, fewer people blame victims, and where all members of the community are informed and empowered to take action to stop domestic and family violence.

Media Resources

  • Education – Domestic and family violence and sexual assault Read
  • News – from DVConnect Read
  • News – from Our Watch Read
  • Statements – QLD Government, Depart. of Child Safety, Youth & Women Read
  • QLD Government Media Guide Read
  • Our Watch – Guidelines for reporting about violence against women Read

Tips for reporting violence against women

  1. Safety first:  Leave out details that might identify survivors.
  2. Name it:  Name the violence for what it is: ‘violence against women’, ‘family violence’, ‘psychological violence’, ‘elder abuse’, ‘child exploitation material’, ‘rape’ and ‘murder’.
  3. Keep the perpetrator in view:  Use active language, e.g. ‘man assaults wife’ instead of ‘woman assaulted.’ Where safe/legally possible, name the relationship between victim-survivor and perpetrator to remind your audience that most violence against women is perpetrated by somebody they know.
  4. Be respectful:  Use respectful language and headlines to articulate the seriousness of the violence. Seek to uphold the dignity and humanity of the victims, survivors and their families. Plan how to maintain respect once the story is live, including social media.
  5. Reflect the evidence:  Use statistics to demonstrate the prevalence and to contextualise the story. Evidence shows that most violence against women and their children is driven by gender inequality.
  6. Use appropriate imagery:  Don’t perpetuate harmful stereotypes about gender, race, disability, sexuality or age. Consider the impact of images on the victim-survivor, their family, or on other survivors of violence. Avoid images that disempower or infantilise victim-survivors, such as ‘clenched fists’ or ‘cowering women’.
  7. Quote experts:  Develop good relationships with violence against women experts so they can be contacted to help put the issue into context.
  8. Include support options:  Always include support tagline at the end of every story (see below).

Story conclusion tagline

  • For stories regarding domestic & family violence:  Please include the following tagline: “If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence in Queensland, call DVConnect on 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7 or visit DVConnect.org. In an emergency, call 000.”
  • For stories regarding sexual assault:  Please include the following tagline: “If you have experienced sexual violence, or are confused about what you have experienced, or are concerned about someone you know, please call the QLD Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 between 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days. In an emergency, call 000.”
  • If you are going to use our logo in your story please ensure you use our current logo

Media Releases

  • 28 April 2021 Women’s Sector calls for Independent Review into Police responses. Read
  • 30 September 2020   DVConnect inducted into inaugural Domestic and Family Violence Honour Roll. Read
  • 27 August 2020   Bank of Queensland donates $50,000 to DVConnect. Read
  • 11 May 2020  QDVSN Media Release:  Virtual Candle Light Vigil reveals 38 deaths as a result of domestic and family violence since last vigil.  Read
  • 8 April 2020  Queensland Government Media Release:  $5.5m to boost domestic violence services during COVID-19 pandemic. Read
  • 23 March 2020  QDVSN Media Release – Domestic violence set to escalate with COVID-19 – services across the state on alert and families at risk. Read
  • 26 November 2019  Maurice Blackburn partners with DVConnect to help end domestic and family violence. Read
  • 22 October 2019  Bella’s Sanctuary wins Safer Suburbs Award. Read
  • 9 September 2019  QSuper extend partnership for another 3 years, funding a full time Crisis Counsellor. Read
  • 28 August 2019  Australia’s first corporate funded domestic violence safe haven, Bella’s Sanctuary opens. Read
  • 9 May 2019  Halycon homeowners raise $50,000 to furnish safe haven Bella’s Sanctuary. Read
  • 2 May 2019   11 Queenslanders have died as a result of domestic violence since the last Candle Lighting Vigil 12 months ago. Read
  • 13 December 2018   Corporates Mirvac & Halcyon announce they will team up with DVConnect to build a transitional housing safe haven. Read
  • 26 November 2018  DVConnect launches new brand. Read
  • 10 August 2018   QSuper partners with DVConnect and funds a full time Crisis Counsellor for 3 years.  Read


Thank you DVConnect for saving my Mums life, and mine. You guys getting us out of there changed everything. Thank you so much. Life is good now! 

Our survivor has chosen to remain anonymous.

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How your donation will help

  • Provides operational support to fund our bridging accommodation residence Bella's Sanctuary.
  • Provides emergency transport and accommodation for Queenslanders in crisis due to domestic and family violence.
  • Provides safety planning, crisis counselling and information to those impacted by domestic and family violence.
  • Educates Queenslanders on how to help family, friends and colleagues who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic and family violence.