Why Her Story?
Our organisation works from a strengths based and feminist philosophical framework. We understand that domestic and family violence is a social issue and that it is a feature of the power imbalances inherent in our patriarchal society. We understand that a gendered analysis offers an understanding of the power and control issues present in domestic violence relationships. We understand that feminism offers both an understanding and a practice approach to these complex issues that is grounded in the centrality of women’s experiences. We understand that feminism offers an alternative approach based in the equality of all people regardless of gender, race, ability, class or sexuality. We understand the importance of change on a systemic level as well as an individual level. We approach all aspects of our practice from a perspective of empowerment by working to minimise the power differences that may arise in our work with clients. We are both client focused and client driven in that we ensure a high degree of participation and collaboration with our clients and we acknowledge their expertise in their own lives. Her Story better encapsulates the journey of our organisation than a normal account of ‘History’. This shift in language honours the gendered nature of the phenomenon of domestic and family violence.
Campaigning and Activism
Over time the organisation has engaged in several high profile campaigns to highlight the effects of domestic and family violence on all people, particularly children. This has included cinema advertising which attracted a Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Award in 1999, school campaigns, art competitions, community mailouts, community forums, shopping centre campaigns and numerous partnerships with local and state organisations, networks, businesses and bodies.
Some notable campaigns include:
“Footsteps to Stop Violence” (2008), a school based badge making project;
“Where You Go I Go - Footsteps Towards a Future Without Violence” (2007), a grassroots community arts project;
“Want to Know a Secret” (2009) a campaign in collaboration with the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence; and
“Untangling the Angries” (2016) a program for children under the age of 8 around managing anger and emotions.
We value activism on all levels. We see our work with clients as a form of activism through enhancing a sense of power and control, and therefore agency. We also value forms of activism that draw attention to human rights and social injustices. The organisation has made it a point to focus on contributing to legislative reforms, opposing the introduction of new services which do not demonstrate accountability, insisting on proper supervision, and we have prioritised funding for our clients and services rather than putting large funds towards operational or aesthetic beautification costs.
The Caboolture Domestic Violence Service (auspiced by Caboolture Community Care Inc.) was funded, one of the first round of domestic violence services funded by the State Government under the Domestic Violence Initiative Program.
A Child Witness Counsellor was employed to provide counselling to children who had witnessed domestic violence in the home.
The service became incorporated on the 11th November 1997 and was renamed Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc. (CRDVS). At this time CRDVS expanded to have a regional focus covering Caboolture, Kilcoy, Pine Rivers, and Redcliffe local shires.
CRDVS was successful in gaining further funding to provide Court Support in the four North Brisbane Magistrates Courts, Caboolture, Petrie, Sandgate and Redcliffe.
In conjunction with the Queensland Police Service in the region, the Kids In Domestic Violence Situations (KIDVS) Faxback project was launched. This project was extremely successful as it aimed to enhance awareness of the effects of witnessing domestic violence on children.
The KIDVS Faxback project was successful in being awarded a Police Commissioners Silver Lantern Award.
CRDVS was again successful in gaining additional funding to extend service delivery to people experiencing domestic and family violence in intimate personal relationships, family relationships and informal care relationships. This funding was used to extend the premises of the existing domestic violence service and set up the Centre Against Violence.
CRDVS launched the ‘Coordinated Community Response to DV’ (CCR2DV) and ‘Integrated Response to DV’ (IR2DV) programs reflecting our desire to reduce the incidence of domestic violence by combining with other agencies and the community to improve responses.
The Child Witness Counselling program was expanded.
CRDVS formed a partnership with the ‘Moreton Bay Community Consortium’ to provide DV services throughout the Moreton Bay Region through a combined community response. Other members include Bribie Island Neighbourhood Centre, Encircle (formerly Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre and Redcliffe Community Association), and Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre. CRDVS has delivered a range of initiatives with this funding including interventions for perpetrators of violence, family support, and therapeutic counselling.
CRDVS made a commitment to building and maintaining cultural capability of our service, and to increase engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the introduction of the Indigenous Community Engagement Project (ICEP).
The Child Witness Counselling program renamed Kidz Matter 2.
The Keeping Safe at Home Program (KSAH) was launched to provide safety upgrades for people affected by DV who wish to remain in their homes. 2012 also saw the PRADO Project become a program and funding was moved from Qld Police Service to the Department of Communities.
Further funding was secured in 2015 to establish outreach services in Redcliffe and Pine Rivers. This allowed for expansion to provide an Adult Counsellor/ Crisis Worker, Child Witness Counsellor and PRADO Worker for each area. In 2015 the organisation also provided staff in a secondment capacity to Mercy Community Services Family and Child Connect (FACC) program, and Churches of Christ Care Intensive Family Support (IFS) program for DFV Specialist workers.
KSAH was invited to participate in the Federal/State technologies trial designed to keep people affected by DV safer in their homes (KWSITH) together with 3 other sites. 2016 also marked certification for the organisation under the Queensland Government’s Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF). This certification is a requirement for us to continue to be funded by the Queensland Government.
CRDVS has been renamed “Centre Against Domestic Abuse Inc.” (CADA). This change is to reflect the rapid growth that has occurred in recent years including extra staffing, additional premises and a deepened creativity in our response. In 2017 CADA was subcontracted by Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC) to provide therapeutic counselling and crisis support in Kilcoy, as well as by Uniting Care Community (UCC) to provide a Partner Advocate for the Men’s Behaviour Change program. I In 2017 CADA won the Queensland Child Protection Award for ‘Regional Program’. A fantastic achievement of the significant collaborative work undertaken with families and child protection services