During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention (DFVP) month in Queensland we are delighted to acknowledge and celebrate some of the unsung “sheroes” of the sector, the real change makers who are making their mark and driving change in the DFV sector across Queensland.

Join us as we launch our Workforce Plans on May 27 during DFVP month to celebrate all of these change makers for their strength, tenacity and resilience.  Come and hear, through our virtual event, inspirational words from these change makers and be inspired by their vision for an empowered workforce committed to ending violence.

Read more about their contributions to the workforce here:

Ella Morter – Manager, Cairns Sexual Assault Service

Mikhaila Markwell – Save the Children, South West Queensland 

Lela Idagi – Aurukun Women Shelter Support – Cape York / Gulf RAATSICC

Aunty Elsja Dewis – Cultural Healer, Murrigunyah 

Holly Brennan – CEO, Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA), Moreton Bay Region

We thank all of these change makers for their inspiration and the commitment they make every day to supporting their clients and the services that they provide as we collaboratively work together to end violence.

Ella Morter from Cairns Sexual Assault Service shared her inspiration for driving change “Change comes when society as a whole says ‘no more’. It’s the conversations we have with friends and acquaintances, it’s the submissions we provide at a more formal level, it’s empowering people from all walks of society to stand up and speak out when they hear or see something that suggests disrespect or negative attitudes around sexual violence and consent. Change comes from talking more about sexual violence, so that survivors feel empowered to speak about their experiences without blame, and any shame sits only with the perpetrators for their actions.”

Mikhaila Markwell from Save the Children in South West Queensland said “I want to create change through educating women about their rights and the dynamics of domestic violence, so that they are empowered, knowledgeable and confident leaders of the future.”

Aunty Elsja Dewis, a Cultural Healer from Murrigunyah said “Healing our babies is so important and it starts there. It’s not part of our culture to have domestic violence. It’s not part of any culture.”

Working in the DFV sector, Holly Brennan, CEO of the Centre Against Domestic Violence (CADA) in Moreton Bay Region shares that “You need to have an incredible sense of humour. We love being able to do practical things to help women. To see that we are making a tangible difference – it really helps to know you are doing something positive and practical for them. It’s important that we acknowledge this and celebrate each other and the work that we do.”

“Driving change in ending domestic violence means creating a safe happy healthy environment for the whole family dynamic.” Lela Idagi from Aurukun Women’s Shelter said, sharing her vision. “It means no lives lost to DFV, women and children are safe at home, women are empowered and respected and children are given the best opportunity to thrive, learn and succeed.”

As we have been developing the Workforce Plans, and through virtual knowledge circles, workshops and seminars, we are constantly reminded of the amazing strength and resilience of the workforce.

Together, we are working to end domestic, family and sexual violence and to reinforce the vital message that violence is never OK, not now, not ever.