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  • How we can help you

    22nd February, 2019 | by
    What we can do for you
    • We can provide free telephone crisis counselling and support 24/7
    • We can arrange for free interpreter services if your first language is not English
    • We can assist with developing a safety plan for you and your children
    • We can provide emergency transport and accommodation if necessary
    • We can provide advice about and referral to crisis accommodation
    What we cannot do for you
    • We cannot provide you with legal advice
    • We cannot support you financially with costs associated with relocating your property
    • We cannot provide you with ongoing face to face therapeutic counselling
    • We cannot assist with the removal and storage of property

    Safety Planning

    Your safety and your children’s safety is a priority whether you are planning to stay in the relationship, thinking about leaving or have already left. Call 1800 811 811 to discuss your options.

    If you are staying in the relationship, think about what you can do to keep yourself safe, particularly at times when your partner becomes abusive, or you sense the situation is escalating.

    Some tips may be:

    • Create ‘signals’ for supportive neighbours, family or friends that let them know to come over or to call for help. For example, switch on a particular light, leave a curtain blind closed /open, phone or text a friend with an agreed cue or a message that will be a prompt or code for them to help in whatever way you have discussed.
    • Keep spare keys and important documents or copies of them, where you can get to them easily.

    Helping your children

    You can help your child emotionally recover from domestic violence in many ways:

    • Protect children from violence by taking them to a safe place.
    • Get support to take action against the violence, this will show them that violence is not acceptable.
    • Reassure the child that none of the violent episodes were their fault in any way.
    • Tell them how much you love them and cuddle them often.
    • Encourage them to talk openly about their feelings.
    • Get extra help for your child if necessary.
    • Enlist a professional from a specialist domestic and family violence service to help provide your child with emotional support.
    • Tell the child that abusive behaviour is wrong and be a role model for other ways of managing anger and solving problems.
    • Seek professional help, such as counselling, for all family members.

    Helping your pets

    Together with the RSPCA Queensland we operate the Pets In Crisis Program.

    • Call us and ask about our Pets In Crisis Program. Call 1800 811 811 anytime.
    • Read more, or watch a video about our Pets In Crisis Program. Learn More.

    Call us, we can help

    Call 1800 811 811

  • Womensline

    19th February, 2019 | by
    Womensline

    What is Womensline?

    DVConnect’s Womensline is Queensland’s only 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year crisis response telephone helpline. We help Queenslanders who want to escape domestic violence. Our service is for anyone identifying as a female, regardless of age, accessibility, ethnicity, gender orientation, or ethnicity. This includes our friends in the LGBTIQ community.

    Our goal is to respond to your immediate safety needs. We can provide you with:

    • Emergency transport ie taxi, bus, train or plane to remove you from violence
    • Safe, emergency motel accommodation
    • Specialist crisis counselling
    • Safety planning, Information, referrals and support for those living with domestic violence
    • Safe accommodation for pets through our Pets In Crisis program.

     

    You are not alone!  Everyday our counsellors support Queenslanders who fear violent partners, ex-partners or family members. In 2017/2018 financial year, Womensline received 98,174 phone calls and referrals. Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, regardless of your occupation, your age, ethnicity, religion, disability or sector of the community.

    We help everyone! If English is your second language, or you’re not comfortable speaking English, please use our translator service. If you are hearing impaired, have trouble speaking, please use the National Relay Service to call us.

     

    Call Womensline Queensland

    Call 1800 811 811

  • What is physical abuse?

    1st May, 2020 | by

    Physical abuse is a form of domestic and family violence. It is also known as physical violence. It is one of many types of domestic violence, possibly the most well known. Physical violence and abuse happens when a person uses physical force against another person. It can include direct assaults on the body using objects or weapons; assault on children, assault on pets, being denied access to your home, deprivation of sleep or food. Physical violence and abuse can start slowly and inconspicuously, for example with throwing an object or a slap, and get more intense or worse over time.

    A person can experience many different types of abuse that are physical. These include shaking, slapping, pushing, punching or scratching, kicking, spitting or biting, trying to strangle or choke, using weapons, driving dangerously, destroying property and throwing things, abuse of children or pets, locking someone out of their house or in the house, sleep and food deprivation, forced feeding, physical restraint e.g. pinning against the wall or bed.

    Abusive relationships move through a cycle of violence. The cycle of violence includes periods of tension, then physical violence and abuse, followed by a calm period where the abuser is sorry, promises never to do it again, promises to get help, is on their best behaviour, even buying their partner gifts. But this doesn’t last. It is followed by tension, then physical violence and abuse, then calm and it continues on. This can make it difficult to leave a physically abusive relationship.

    Physical abuse/physical violence is only one form of domestic and family violence, others include Financial Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Digital / Technological Abuse, Psychological/Emotional Abuse, Spiritual/Cultural Abuse, Social Isolation, and Damage to Property

    DVConnect helps Queenslanders find pathways to safety away from domestic and family violence (DFV). DVConnect operates three crisis helplines; Womensline, Mensline and the Sexual Assault Helpline. DVConnect is Queensland’s only free telephone service specialising in DFV offering crisis counsellors who can provide safety planning, information, interventions, referrals and emergency transport and accommodation. DVConnect operates Bella’s Sanctuary, a medium-term accommodation residence for women and children after leaving refuge/shelter. DVConnect also offers Workplace Domestic Violence Training to Queensland organisations. 

     

    If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence, DVConnect can help you find a pathway to safety, away from violence. The DVConnect helplines are:

    • Womensline 1800 811 811, available 24/7
    • Mensline 1800 600 636 available from 9am – midnight, 7 days
    • Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 010 120, available from 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days.
    • For more visit www.DVConnect.org.

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  • Physical abuse

    24th June, 2019 | by

    Physical Abuse / Physical Violence

    Physical abuse is a form of domestic and family violence. It is also known as physical violence. It is one of many types of domestic violence, possibly the most well known.

     

    Understanding physical abuse / physical violence

    This video explains Physical Abuse / Physical Violence (Video duration: 2.53)

     

    What is physical abuse / physical violence?

    Physical violence and abuse happens when a person uses physical force against another person. It can include direct assaults on the body using objects or weapons; assault on children, assault of pets, being denied access to your home, deprivation of sleep or food. Physical violence and abuse can start slowly and inconspicuously, for example with throwing an object or a slap, and get more intense or worse over time.

     

    Signs of physical abuse / physical violence

    A person can experience many different types of abuse that are physical. These include:

    • shaking, slapping, pushing, punching or scratching
    • kicking
    • spitting or biting
    • trying to strangle or choke
    • using weapons
    • driving dangerously
    • destroying property and throwing things
    • abuse of children or pets
    • locking someone out of their house or in the house
    • sleep and food deprivation
    • forced feeding
    • physical restraint e.g. pinning against the wall or bed.

    Abusive relationships move through a cycle of violence. The cycle of violence includes periods of tension, then physical violence and abuse, followed by a calm period where the abuser is sorry, promises never to do it again, promises to get help, is on their best behaviour, even buying their partner gifts. But this doesn’t last. It is followed by tension, then physical violence and abuse, then calm and it continues on. This can make it difficult to leave a physically abusive relationship.

    Learn more about the other types of abuse.

     

    What to do if you are experiencing physical violence

    If you are in an abusive relationship or need to talk to someone, please call us:

    Womensline 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7.

    Mensline 1800 600 636, between 9am – midnight, 7 days.

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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  • 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.