CCRDFV representatives (L-R) Denise Reichenback, Darina Saxcik, Jenny Cockerill, Josh Ariens, Vicki Dredge, Lorna McGrath, Natalia Meszkat and Denis Bedsor.
CCRDFV representatives (L-R) Denise Reichenback, Darina Saxcik, Jenny Cockerill, Josh Ariens, Vicki Dredge, Lorna McGrath, Natalia Meszkat and Denis Bedsor. Chrissy Harris

Support group to combat violence

A CONCERTED effort to decrease the level of domestic violence is being orchestrated by a committed conglomeration of support and community service personnel.

The Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence committees consist of community service providers, both government and non-government agencies, dealing with the combined effects of domestic and family violence.

Two CCRDFV committees service the Gladstone district: the Gladstone committee responds to domestic and family violence issues in the Gladstone Regional Council shire, while the Biloela committee plays a similar role in the Banana Shire.

The mission of the CCRDFV is to provide community education and a coordinated response to those affected by domestic and family violence through the development of partnerships between government and non-government agencies to promote an abuse-free community.

Guiding principles include the belief all persons have the right to a life free of abuse, the safety of victims of domestic and family violence is paramount, and domestic and family violence is a crime based on unequal power relationships between individuals.

GAGAL CCRDFV representative Lorna McGrath said the committees want to spread as much information as possible to reduce the rate of domestic violence in the Gladstone area.

Families having healthy relationships instead of troubled ones, and improving conditions under which children are being raised in families are core CCRDFV hopes.

Groups include Relationships Australia, QPS, GAGAL, Communities for Children, OzCare, Roseberry Community Services, Women's Intercultural Network, Queensland Health, Corrections Queensland, and the Gladstone Courthouse.

The CCRDFV committees actively promote domestic violence awareness, and are always looking for new ways to improve services in the community and would welcome any new members.