The peak body aims to inform and share the depth and diversity of knowledge from specialist services within the women’s sector to a broad range of government and non-government stakeholders in relation to all aspects of gender-based violence against women.


  • Advocate for the rights of women in Queensland to live free of violence.

  • Advocate on behalf of the sector.

  • Advocate for the continuation of a designated women’s sector to drive the agenda forward.

  • Be the statewide network/alliance supported by specialist membership that Government and the media seeks out for consultation.

  • Be a central campaigner for sector research, analysis, training, and resourcing.

  • Be accountable for continuing to challenge broader societal belief structures and the current acceptance of violence against women.

  • Be a nexus point for sector-wide communication (from a service delivery point of view) so we can stay current, connected and informed.

  • Aid the violence against women men’s sector to be accountable by:

- Advancing working relationships with men’s

   services to end violence against women.

- Ensuring men’s work in the violence against

   women sector is accountable and consistent

   with practice standards.



Provide leadership and advocacy at a state level in relation to all aspects of gender-based violence against women by: 

  • Developing a strategy for lobbying and communicating with all levels of government.

  • Communicating consistent messages.

  • Promoting services and system improvements.

  • Positively influencing systemic and community change.

  • Providing expertise to guide progress toward our goals.


Provide policy advice and monitor policies, legislation, programs and practices which impact on women and children experiencing gender-based violence by: 

  • Listening to women's issues brought up by services/individuals/networks.

  • Voicing stories, campaigning behind them, and sharing results. 

  • Supporting our members to promote and prioritise equality of access to services for all women.

  • Establishing relationships with relevant networks and government.

  • Working with government towards a paradigm shift from service supports to greater investment in true early intervention and prevention strategies.




Proactively contribute to the generation of contemporary knowledge and research by:

  • Identifying gaps in service delivery and current research.

  • Pursuing opportunities for research that challenges the current belief structure.

  • Collating research, analysis and information.

  • Sharing and disseminating learnings.


Identify significant issues and raise public awareness of gender-based violence by: 

  • Connecting with people in the community at a grass roots level through ongoing member feedback, participation and engagement.

  • Utilising opportunities to communicate with the media. 

  • Promoting an understanding of all forms of trauma-based violence (including sexual violence) in the context of gender and power relations.

  • Providing information on training developments and resources to services and promoting high-quality training and skills development for workers through liaison with relevant national and state training bodies, and participation in the development of accredited training.




Feminist practice, gender equality. Recognition that violence against women and children is a human rights violation and women and children are entitled to a safety response from the community.


Building on sisterhood and trust we seek to work collaboratively, in partnership, and to put small issues aside for the greater good.




Accountability and transparency to each other and to women and children in the broader community to ensure a bringing together of individual stories and messages, and responsibility for consistently keeping real issues and concerns on-the-table.



Using an intersectional analysis to understand and counteract recognised inequality. We are committed to promoting cultural awareness and inclusivity, meaningful partnership and holistic engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women with disabilities.

United in the same goal; voices speaking up for individual women, children, and marginalised groups. Representation from all service types including specialist regional agencies (domestic violence, sexual violence, women's refuge and women’s health), smaller independent services and large organisations specialising in violence against women sector work.


EVAWQ acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians and first peoples of Australia. We recognise the impacts of colonisation and dispossession and the contemporary disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. EVAWQ is committed to working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men to end violence against their women and children in Queensland.

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