Domestic violence and family violence often takes place ‘behind closed doors’. In the past it was seen very much as a ‘private family matter’ that society should not get involved with.

It can be difficult for those who are, or who have experienced violence to come forward because they may feel isolated, ashamed, confused or just too afraid to speak about their experiences. Sometimes they blame themselves for the violence because they have been told by their partner on many occasions, that they ‘provoked’ it.

April 2013 Newsletter

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Candlelighting Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us to light a candle and remember those victims who have lost their lives due to domestic and family violence. All welcome. This is a free event.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Wharf One Cafe, Wharf Street, Cairns

5.30pm for simulataneous lighting of candles at 6pm Australia wide

For further information call Rose on 4033 6100 or email

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Breakfast Event

Our annual Breakfast held to recognise Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is scheduled for Wednesday 16th May. Our guest speaker will be Dr Rachel Carson, Senior Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies and Manager, Family Law and Family Violence. Dr Carson will be speaking on recent research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the University of Melbourne, the University of South Australia and La Trobe University, which has explored the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting capacity and on parent-child relationships in the Australian context. Entitled Domestic and family violence and parenting: Mixed method insights into impact and support needs: Key findings and future directions, this research study employed a mixed method approach focusing on the following issues:

  • parental conflict and its impact on the wellbeing of parents, their parenting and child functioning;

  • the impact of domestic and family violence (experience before or after separation or both) on parent wellbeing and parent-child relationships and;

  • mothers experiences of engagment with domestic and family violence and family law system services

Dr Carson will be focusing on key findings from this significant research.

Wednesday 16th May at 7.00am in the Ballroom of The Hilton Cairns.

This event is by formal invitation or purchased ticket only. Tickets are $32.00 and must be purchased prior to the day and available by phoning Jan on 4033 1724 or email

CRDVS Tablelands and Tablelands South

In addition to our Cairns Service, we now provide quality services in :

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information and Referral
  • Adult Counselling
  • Child Counselling (Atherton service)
  • Assistance with Domestic Violence Protection Orders

to two locations in the Tablelands region.

You can find us at :

15 Beatrice Street, Atherton (with the Womens Centre Tablelands) or make an appointment to see us at one of our outreach offices in Mareeba or Kuranda. Please phone for an appointment on 1300 909 250.


Ravenshoe Community Centre, 3 Bolton Street, Ravenshoe. Please phone for an appointment on 1300 909 250.



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