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Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network joins us to end domestic violence

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2019 DVConnect and Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network announced their partnership to work together to end domestic, family and sexual violence.

Social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network will provide DVConnect with a variety of professional services pro bono. In addition, the Maurice Blackburn’s Equity Team have donated $10,000 cash to DVConnect.

DVConnect Chief Executive Officer Beck O’Connor says “We receive on average 1 call for help every 7 minutes, and 1 call every 3 minutes during our busy periods. With demand like this, it is imperative that the elimination of violence against women and children becomes a community objective.

We were absolutely thrilled when Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network contacted us offering their help. Their professional services, as well as their $10,000 donation will help us continue to provide Queenslanders with pathways to safety, away from violence.”

2019 marked Maurice Blackburn’s 100th year. The law firm have always been committed to social justice and were instrumental in contributing to some of Australia’s most influential legal decisions, including equal pay for women.

Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network Chair Vavaa Mawuli says “With on average 1 women a week killed by her intimate partner in Australia, our Women’s Network identified domestic and family violence as the cause they most wanted to contribute to.”

The law firm have taken the Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever Pledge. The pledge encourages both the corporate sector and community organisations to pledge their commitment to act against domestic and family violence.

Corporate organisations and not-for-profits working collaboratively together to put an end to domestic, family and sexual violence is a key objective action under the Not Now, Not Ever Third Action Plan, released by the Palaszczuk Government in September this year.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said “As a government, we know we can’t eradicate domestic and family violence alone. But we don’t expect the corporate and community sectors to do it alone either,” she said.

“That is why we will be developing a formal Corporate and Community Sector Engagement Strategy as a key signature piece of the Third Action Plan.

“As we partner with the corporate and community sectors, supporting each other and working together to create the Queensland we want to be, we say: Not Now. Not Ever. Together.”


About Maurice Blackburn

Maurice Blackburn is proud to be Australia’s leading social justice law firm. They have built a reputation on the unwavering belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it. That’s why they are here for everyday Australians who deserve to have their rights defended, people who deserve: The right to be free – to live without the threat of persecution or oppression. The right to feel safe – to live and work without physical or emotional threats. The right to be heard – to not be silenced by the wealthy, privileged or powerful. The right to equality – to be respected as human beings and free from prejudice.

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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.