Domestic and family violence initiatives | Redland City Council

Domestic and family violence initiatives

Council works in partnership with community organisations on a number of important initiatives around domestic and family violence.

Raise the Bar – Australia education program (EOI extended)

May is Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Month. The Centre for Women & Co. and Men & Co. Services are proud to announce the launch of Raise the Bar – Australia, a DFV online educational program for everyone. Raise the Bar involves 10 easy self-paced online modules which have been developed by specialist domestic and family violence professionals for businesses, organisations and individuals Australia-wide.   

Redland City Council is proud to support 20 participants on their Raise the Bar learning journey.

Please complete this short Expression of Interest by 31 May 2024 to be considered for a place. You must be a representative of a not-for-profit community organisation on Redlands Coast and be able to complete the self-paced online modules (approx. 45 mins) by midnight 30 June 2024.

Successful organisations will be notified by email by 4 June 2024. Information and a personalised link to the training package will be provided by Raise the Bar after this date.

Domestic and family violence support contacts

Community education

Council is supporting The Centre For Women & Co. to raise awareness and develop their early intervention and prevention programs and resource packages.

Men & Co. Services are rolling out practical tools that support men and young men with their health, wellbeing and positive behaviours.

Men are critical to families and communities and men’s sense of purpose, quality of relationships, direction and fulfilment and Men & Co Services practitioners are working to save lives.

Council is supporting the Local Government Association of Queensland’s Not in our Backyard – stop abuse at the start campaign to embed cultural change in local government workplaces and communities in response to the Not Now Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report.

Queensland Government has also launched a new campaign Domestic and family violence can take many forms—it is not always physical abuse aims to educate on how to recognise all forms of Domestic and Family Violence and what support is available.

Red Bench project

Council has installed 13 Red Benches across Redlands Coast, in support of the Red Rose Foundation. The bright benches provided a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to helping those impacted by domestic and family violence.

The Red Bench program is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation, an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence.

The benches are located across all Council divisions at the following locations:

  • Alexandra Hills - David Parr Park, 9 Sherington Street
  • Alexandra Hills - Snowdon Street Park, Snowdon Street
  • Birkdale - Birkdale Aquatic Paradise West, 18 Commodore Drive
  • Capalaba - Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road
  • Cleveland - Cleveland Library Square, Middle Street
  • Cleveland - Raby Bay Harbour Park Promenade, 146-148 Shore Street
  • Macleay Island - Men's Shed
  • Mount Cotton - Mount Cotton Community Park, 51-63 Valley Way
  • Ormiston - Wellington Street
  • Redland Bay - Jack Gordon Pathway, Bay Street
  • Thornlands - Manning Esplanade Foreshore Park, 2-4 South Street
  • Victoria Point - Rosebud Esplanade
  • Wellington Point - Reserve, 369-375 Main Road, Wellington Point
Red bench

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Each May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.  The annual Redlands Coast Candle Lighting Vigil is held to remember those who have been lost due to domestic and family violence.

Presented by Council, Red Rose Foundation, and The Centre for Women and Co., the vigil has become a local tradition.

Simultaneous vigils are held across the state to mark the beginning of Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

Candle light vigil