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

CRDVS Tablelands and Tablelands South

We now have two new locations providing quality services to the Tablelands region in :

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

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.


"Women Like Us" - Fundraiser Comedy Night

After 32 shows around the country, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their smash hit comedy show Women Like Us to Cairns Brothers Club to raise money for the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (CRDVS) to assist with community awareness raising activities in the local community. 

Cairns Collective Impact on Domestic and Family Violence (CCIDFV) is a group of 18 agencies and government departments whose vision is to ‘Change the future; make domestic and family violence history’ by improving responses to individuals, families and communities impacted by domestic and family violence. 

A domestic violence survivor herself, comedian Mandy Nolan believes that when it comes to tackling the issue, awareness is key. ‘Domestic and family violence affects families in a profound way. Change will really come about when communities and governments align to change culture. It’s really exciting to see how the Cairns community are pulling together. It’s not an individual problem. This is a whole community issue.’

It’s a very serious subject, and what better way to experience the true resilience of women then with a comedy show where two middle aged Mama’s lament on triumphs (not so many) and tribulations (many) of their daily lives

Saturday 29th April at Brothers Leagues Club

Purchase Tickets online or at the Club

Click on image to download the poster


"Caring Parents" Groups

This 10-week group program looks at how beliefs and attitudes about mothering or fathering influence our parenting behaviours, and how these subsequently impact on children’s growth and development. The group will provide up-to-date information, resources and practical ideas for supportive parenting, as well as the chance to connect with other women in mothering roles or other men in fathering roles, all with the shared goal of promoting the safety and well-being of children.

Separate groups for women and men.

When : Women's group 18th April - 20th June on Tuesdays 11.30am to 2pm. Participants attend all 10 weeks. Men's group 19th April - 21st June on Wednesdays 5.30pm to 8.00pm. An intake and assessment interview will be conducted before commencing these groups.

Contact Gill at

To download a copy of the flyer, click on image at left.

Parenting Beyond Violence Group

A group for women who've experience domestic violence, who may or may not have children currently in their care.

Parenting Beyond Violence (PBV) explores the dynamics of domestic violence and the impact it may have on women and their children, focusing on how domestic violence influences parenting. This group openly discusses:

  • The context and impacts of domestic and family violence
  • Myths linked to domestic violence
  • Importance of safety and support
  • Parenting challenges
  • Engaging effectively with systems

The group runs for 6 weeks and commences 8th May - please contact Gill at as an intake and assessment appointment is essential before commencement.

Download Referral form here

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