FORMING THE PEAK 

Queensland has a number of ‘Networks of Services’ working in the field of sexual violence, women’s health, women's refuges and domestic & family violence. Until now, however, there hasn’t been one defined network which united us all. 

 

Discussions had been held within the sector over a number of years, with talk generally acknowledging the need for a peak body. Recent resurfacing around the need for a Peak resulted in a number of discussions within the sector about our commitment to overall unity. Out of these discussions, an agreement was made to bring together a united body of women’s services in Queensland (launched in June 2014).

WHY NEEDED?

The peak body is needed to inform government and the community of the extent of violence experienced by women and children, the enormity of the problem, and the impact that violence has on women’s lives. The peak will explain to community and government the gendered nature of violence. It is also important to provide an analysis of violence – why men continue to perpetrate violence against women; and to take issues with explanations for men’s violence which blame women and excuse abusers. It is important to work together in the women’s sector to take responsibility for the wellbeing of many, to work together for the common good, and to ask government to do the same.

"Women-only services benefit individual women and broader society… the primary reason women’s organisations are successful (in changing women’s lives, wider communities, and society as a whole) is because their approaches are women-centred and based on values of empowerment, rights and self-determination… (WRC, 2006)

FORMATION TIMELINE

2015

  • Steering Committee Meetings/Teleconferences x 3

  • EVAWQ logo developed.

  • First Inaugural meeting of EVAWQ.

  • Steering Committee Meeting/Teleconference x 1

  • Meetings with LNP MPs Tracy Davis and Mark McArdle.

  • Steering Committee Meeting/Teleconference x 1

  • Meetings with Labor MPs:  Mark Ryan (Morayfield) Shane King (Kallangur) Chris Whiting (Murrumbah) and Nicky Boyd (Pine Rivers)

  • Steering Committee Meeting/Teleconference x 1

  • Third e-news distributed.

  • Letter sent to the Premier and Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services highlighting concerns about sexist and misogynist slogans on wicked Campers.

  • Steering Committee Meeting/Teleconference x 1

  • EVAWQ member attended Women of World Festival at the request of the Department of Communities.

  • Model Rules finalised.

  • Face to face meeting.

  • General members meeting to resolve to incorporate as an Incorporated Association.

  • EVAWQ’s application to become an Incorporated Association is accepted.

  • EVAWQ launch, Inaugural Annual General Meeting and establishment of Management Committee.

2014

  • First annual statewide meeting of ‘violence against women services’ and the establishment of a steering committee.

  • Steering Committee Meetings/Teleconferences x 4

  • Establishment of sub committees.

  • Communication link with the department of Communities established.

  • Peak officially named “Ending Violence Against Women Queensland” (EVAWQ).

  • Face to face meeting.

  • Steering Committee Meetings/Teleconferences x 3

  • First e-news of the EVAWQ peak distributed

  • Development and launch of EVAWQ website..

  • Secured pro bono legal assistance through QPILCH to assist in the establishment of the peak as an Associated Incorporation.

  • Second e-news distributed.

  • EVAWQ submission to the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence.

  • Steering Committee Meetings/Teleconferences x 2

2013

  • Representatives from a mix of networks and services met to discuss the formation of a peak to enhance the unity of violence against women services.

  • 6 planning meetings to progress the idea with the primary focus of organising a state-wide meeting.