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Here at the DFVCLAN Library you can find heirarchical listings of government policies regarding domestic and family violence for Australia, both national and state. There is also a collection of research and discussion papers, as well as published research into best practice and methodology.

Where possible, all papers are included as pdf files which you can download directly from this site.


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Get involved!

Every year in Australia events are held to protest against gender based violence, and to pay respect to those women who have died at the hands of their partner or loved one.

The Events Calendar is marked at two major points: the Candlelighting Ceremony in May to mourn the passing of women due to domestic violence and the White Ribbon Day in November.





Get informed!

The News Section will help keep you up to date with the most recent developments in the field of domestic violence.

Using an aggregate feed of news from Google News sites, this section will give you a current list of news events relating to domestic and family violence, policies, political statements and significant events from around Australia.

The list is updated daily.


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Candle Lighting Vigils in May 2015

Current times and venues:

ACT - 6th May, 5:45 for 6pm start at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
VICTORIA:  Shine Bright Candle Light Vigil on Wednesday 6 May 2015 at Federation Square 5.45 for 6 pm start. 
QUEENSLAND - Brisbane – 6th May, 5:30 at Cultural Forecourt, Southbank, Brisbane
TASMANIA - 6th May, 5:30 pm at Franklin Square, Hobart  
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - 7th May, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Elder Park at the Rotunda, King William Rd, Adelaide
NSW - Local events:
  • 6th May, 11am - 12 noon at Parliament

Speaking to the Parliamentary Enquiry into Domestic Violence

DV Connect Queensland and WDVCS Victoria speak to the Parliamentary Enquiry into Domestic Violence.

Yesterday a parliamentary inquiry into domestic violence heard from DV Connect Queensland, a support hotline for women in abusive relationships. DV Connect CEO Di Mangan told the inquiry that they were being overwhelmed by the sheer number of women calling the hotline seeking help against violent and abusive partners, to the point where they were forced to let calls go unanswered and prioritise those cases where men were breaking their partner’s bones.

“Most of them are serious to the point

DFVCLAN in the media

Annette Gillespie of Victoria's DVCS, representing DFVCLAN, was interviewed on ABC News 24 on 6th November 2014 regarding the Parliamentary Enquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia.

The interview with Annette can be seen here:

Candle Lighting Vigils.

These annual vigils are held simultaneously throughout the country on the first Wednesday of May every year, to remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence and to show support for their families. 


Red Rose Rallies

Every month in Australia six women die at the hands of an intimate partner....
The Queensland Domestic Violence sector holds awareness raising around domestic and family violence (dfv) related deaths throughout the year by way of an annual Candle Lighting Vigil and with Red Rose Rallies.

Red Rose Rallies.  These rallies began in NSW a number of years ago later in South Australia and taken up in Queensland in 2009 where they continue through to today.  It is unclear whether the rallies in NSW and South Australia are still continuing.

One Billion Rising

The Biggest Mass Global Action To End Violence Against Women & Girls In The History Of Humankind

One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of a struggle but the escalation of it. NOW is the time to enact change. This is NOT an annual holiday, we are not waiting until 14 February 2014. NOW is the time to harness the power of your activism to change the world!

If you want to know where to direct your energies right now, you can stage or attend a
V-Day benefit in your community - visit today!

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent male violence against women. It is a male-led campaign that believes that most men are good and that good men abhor such violence. White Ribbon also believes in the capacity of the individual to change and to encourage change in others.

Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women.

Host a White Ribbon event and ‘do your bit’ to help stop men's violence against women.

White Ribbon needs your help to raise awareness