Frontline Service Partnerships
Provide direct and meaningful support to a frontline domestic and family violence service through a Challenge DV supported business or community partnership. Your business can take an active role in supporting a local domestic violence service.
Domestic and Family Violence Refuge Partnerships
A partnership between a business and a refuge is a special relationship to all involved and provides the type of support women and children need to recover from their trauma. Most refuges struggle to provide the type of support women and children need to recover from their trauma. Often families fleeing domestic and family violence arrive at the refuge with literally the clothes on their back. They have left behind their friends, their extended family, their school and their community. They are scared and vulnerable and need a lot of support to get through this incredibly tough time.
The basic idea of a partnership is that your staff can support the refuge to provide a safe place for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence to live, by giving donations, fundraising and volunteering where suitable.
The frontline service provides stories back to you, the business partner, of who you have supported and difference you have made to their lives. This is a way for your employees to really relate to the refuge and understand the direct impact they are having on the women and children escaping domestic and family violence. It also is a way to open the lines of communication about domestic and family violence within the workplace. We hope that your staff feel proud of their efforts and the partnership becomes a valued part of your workplace culture
St Vincent De Paul staff presenting St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba with a beautiful painting created by the children who had been living in the refuge titled “Thanks for the hand up”. In the words of Mark from the hospital: “It is so much of what we here at St Vincent’s and also St Vincent De Paul are all about. We don’t want women and families to be viewed as victims or people always needing a handout. They are courageous women and children and the generosity that the hospital staff share helps return life back to normal and helps families re-establish themselves in safety and freedom.”
"Having a partnership enables us to make available the extras for women and children escaping domestic/family violence. Often they arrive with nothing and what is normally taken for granted we are able to provide to make their stay more welcoming and comfortable. Being able to support the families with special presents on Mother’s day, birthdays, Easter and Christmas makes it all the more special that everyone receives a gift that they would probably not be able to afford otherwise. It is also great to send the children off to school all decked out with all that they need so that they do not feel disadvantaged in a new school. Wherever possible we like to make the units welcoming and provide new or pre loved goods which makes them feel like a home. The women and children are so grateful it gives them a sense of security, of not being alone, and that people care enough to give them nice things which would not be possible for us to deliver if it were not for having the wonderful partnerships that we have. It’s a collaborative approach that empowers the women to build up their confidence and strive forward in life."
Refuge Manager, Brisbane
Each little handprint and little footprint on this tree was made by a child who has been supported at one of our amazing Brisbane refuges. Each one representing a little life touched by the incredible work refuge workers do.
“Save the Children Australia has had the great fortune to work with Challenge DV and our Challenge DV partners across a number of our refuges now. Through these partnerships our staff and the women and children we support have benefitted from an exceptional bank of good will, skill, practical generosity and the collective effort of a terrific diversity of people. Every partnership is different and brings with it fresh energy and perspectives that challenge us to look outside of our organisation for ways in which we can partner with communities to improve the lives of women and children escaping violence. Our staff love it, and the families we support are better off for it. What a fantastic model.”
Liz, Regional Co-ordinator, Save the Children
"The Department is very proud to be one of the first agencies to partner with a rural refuge. Often the geographical location of rural areas may be seen as a challenge – but our staff are committed to ensuring women and children are supported in escaping domestic and family violence no matter the location. The relationships that have developed since entering into the partnership arrangement in October last year have been extremely rewarding and stretch well beyond the department and Save the Children. Staff from across Queensland have been highly engaged in fundraising activities and local businesses have been more than willing to assist with contributions that make a difference for the refuge. The smiles on the faces of the women, children and staff members each time we visit is heartwarming. We look forward to working with our refuge partner to continue to bring comfort and support to those in need."
Annette, Director, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
During the Christmas period, Clayton Utz provided gifts for the women staying at their Challenge DV partnership refuge, as well as lovely locally-sourced hams for each of the families. The women and their children residing at this refuge have left violent relationships, many are rebuilding their lives. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for families in refuge and particularly so for children. The Clayton Utz Christmas drive has helped many mums to provide a spirit of Christmas for their children on Christmas Day reducing the trauma and loss they have experienced. One resident who had recently escaped an abusive relationship of over 40 years told us that receiving such a generous gift from Clayton Utz was an emotional experience for her. She had been dreading her first Christmas alone and told us the unexpected generosity of people she had never met and who cared enough to give her such a lovely and thoughtful gift made all the difference.
Men’s Behaviour Change Program Partnerships
Be a part of the solution and support a local Men’s Behaviour Change Program. Existing programs have extensive waitlists and due to funding limitations will often only accept men whose attendances has been mandated by Probation and Parole. Your business can provide additional funding to bolster the assessment capacity of the program and permit men who are not on probation or parole to access the program.
"Both facilitators made myself and other members of the group feel very comfortable, which made it easy to talk about my past behaviours. I felt the facilitators are both very knowledgeable and I can’t thank them enough for helping me to become a better person. The facilitators explained the topics in a way that I could understand them. I was able to understand that certain behaviours I didn’t see as abusive actually were abusive. I feel able to make changes in my behaviour though I would like to do this group again as I don’t want to get complacent and would like to help others with their journey to change".
Feedback from a Participant of UnitingCare Men’s Behaviour Change Program currently supported through an Challenge DV Partnership
Partnership with the CWRG:
“The CWRG has been representing South East Queensland women's refuges for over 40 years. The Challenge DV work is important to our organisation in many ways. They work tirelessly to ensure that voices of the women and children we support are heard in the community through training, events and media.
In November 2018, Challenge DV and MinterEllison hosted a CWRG 40th anniversary event to celebrate CWRG’s contribution to South East Queensland communities. The celebration included many benefits for frontline refuge workers, including a two-day training forum and an opportunity to network and share skills. Participants rated the forum as "excellent" and comments included, "informative", "incredibly useful" and motivating".
Challenge DV also links CWRG members with businesses, providing positive partnerships between refuges and local enterprises. Furthermore, Challenge DV funds a secretariat 2 days a month to assist in the administration of the CWRG, enabling refuges to focus on supporting women and children escaping domestic and family violence”.
The CWRG Executive
Partnership with SPEAQ
Challenge DV value their partnership and relationship with SPEAQ, (Services and Practitioners for the Elimination of Abuse Queensland). SPEAQ is the network of practitioners and services in Queensland who work with men who have perpetrated domestic and family violence. The network has been operating for over 25 years.
Challenge DV is proud to support an organisation like SPEAQ that is working to deliver lasting change by supporting practitioners and organisations who deliver men’s DFV behavioural programs across Queensland.
"As an unfunded network within the domestic violence sector, our capacity to support our members in their work with men who have perpetrated DFV and with the women affected by their abuse, is limited by available resources. The Challenge DV partnership strengthens our capacity to continue supporting members to do effective work, to engage with government, and to provide information to other professionals and the public about safe and effective intervention work with men who have used DFV. SPEAQ plays a key role in the DFV service sector in Queensland and Challenge DV's support makes a difference to keeping practitioners connected, up to date and feeling supported in what can be very challenging work.”
Paul, Secretary of SPEAQ