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Centacare promises to help survivors of domestic and family violence

Violated by domestic violence

FOR years, domestic violence trapped the woman like a fog that wouldn’t lift. Every part of her life, from home to work and her relationship with her teenage son, had been impacted by her abusive partner. He was physically violent and he was emotionally abusive. He would monitor the odometer on the car to know how far his partner had ... Read More »

Domestic violence strangulation cases rising in southeast Queensland

Woman in distress

ANTI-domestic violence experts have called for more education on the signs of strangulation as police cope with new cases sparked by a change in legislation. The introduction of non-fatal strangulation to the Queensland criminal code in 2016 has resulted in more than 1400 reported offences. More than half of those were in southeast Queensland. The law was introduced from the ... Read More »

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

concerned woman

WHEN we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious. Others haven’t been so fortunate – like a friend of ... Read More »

Domestic harm calls for major cultural shift

Woman in abuse

ADDRESSING deficits within Catholic culture has been a consistent message from Church leaders following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Church leaders have said cultural change was needed so neglect in pastoral care when responding to vulnerable victims was not repeated. While domestic violence is outside the commission’s remit, I would posit a similar story could ... Read More »

Domestic violence knows no boundaries

Domestic violence

THE books were kept in the linen cupboard. A collection of novels grouped together near the towels and bedsheets. It seemed an unusual place for this bunch of treasured books, most in excellent condition. The woman with the books in the linen cupboard lived alone. But she couldn’t bring herself to place her books in the open. For years, she ... Read More »

A dentist’s insight into domestic violence

Dentist Andrew Teakle

BRISBANE dentist Andrew Teakle stands on the frontline of the domestic violence battle. He has witnessed dozens of cases of broken teeth, broken bones, and bruised and swollen lips and faces – testament to the force and ferocity of a family bashing. Women with facial injuries and broken teeth are often more likely to seek dental treatment than see a doctor, ... Read More »

How the Brisbane Archdiocese is helping to end domestic violence

Victims of abuse

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane will introduce paid leave for domestic and family violence victims as part of a concerted community push to eradicate the scourge. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said special leave would be implemented for the archdiocese’s thousands of employees across its agencies and parishes. The archdiocese this week launched Rewrite the Story: Let’s End Domestic and Family Violence ... Read More »

Centacare helping when people need us the most

Centacare helps the needy

SUNSHINE Coast’s most vulnerable receive unending care by Brisbane’s most trusted support service, Centacare. Centacare’s Suncoast Cooloola Outreach Prevention and Education (SCOPE) recently helped a mother and her three children at risk of serious domestic violence. The agency helped the family escape to a refuge with only the clothes on their backs.  The woman had been through the Family Law ... Read More »

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