Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Queensland communities helped put an end to domestic and family violence by dedicating the month of May towards raising awareness about domestic and family violence prevention and sending the message that Queenslanders have zero tolerance for violence in our communities.

This year, the department provided one-off grants of up to $5,000 to 34 organisations to assist community organisations to hold events, projects or activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

More than 70 activities were promoted on the department's online calendar of events to help promote Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

Candle lighting vigils were held at locations across the state on the first Wednesday in May (Remembrance Day) to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence and to support those left behind.

A number of events focused on promoting respectful relationships and building self-esteem through holding family fun days, high teas and pamper days to promote an awareness and prevention message.

There were a range of innovative and creative ways the end domestic and family violence message was shared including:

  • the ‘Being Heard’ Schools Program delivered to schools in the Ipswich area
  • development of a toolkit to assist general practitioners, hospital and allied health staff to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence
  • drama, contemporary dance and hip hop performances
  • creation of TV commercials by young people in Bundaberg and
  • a short film to be shown at the Loganholme and Brown Plains Cinemas.

Visit the DFV Prevention Month website to learn more about how you can say ‘no’ to domestic and family violence. You can also visit the Queensland Government's Bystander campaign, and Griffith University's MATE Bystander program.