Domestic violence and family violence often takes place ‘behind closed doors’. In the past it was seen very much as a ‘private family matter’ that society should not get involved with.

It can be difficult for those who are, or who have experienced violence to come forward because they may feel isolated, ashamed, confused or just too afraid to speak about their experiences. Sometimes they blame themselves for the violence because they have been told by their partner on many occasions, that they ‘provoked’ it.

April 2013 Newsletter

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CRDVS Tablelands and Tablelands South

We now have two new locations providing quality services to the Tablelands region in :

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information and Referral
  • Adult Counselling
  • Child Counselling (Atherton service)
  • Assistance with Domestic Violence Protection Orders

You can find us at :

15 Beatrice Street, Atherton (with the Womens Centre Tablelands) or make an appointment to see us at one of our outreach offices in Mareeba or Kuranda. Please phone for an appointment on 1300 909 250.


Ravenshoe Community Centre, 3 Bolton Street, Ravenshoe. Please phone for an appointment on 1300 909 250.


"Women Like Us" - Fundraiser Comedy Night

After 32 shows around the country, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their smash hit comedy show Women Like Us to Cairns Brothers Club to raise money for the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (CRDVS) to assist with community awareness raising activities in the local community. 

Cairns Collective Impact on Domestic and Family Violence (CCIDFV) is a group of 18 agencies and government departments whose vision is to ‘Change the future; make domestic and family violence history’ by improving responses to individuals, families and communities impacted by domestic and family violence. 

A domestic violence survivor herself, comedian Mandy Nolan believes that when it comes to tackling the issue, awareness is key. ‘Domestic and family violence affects families in a profound way. Change will really come about when communities and governments align to change culture. It’s really exciting to see how the Cairns community are pulling together. It’s not an individual problem. This is a whole community issue.’

It’s a very serious subject, and what better way to experience the true resilience of women then with a comedy show where two middle aged Mama’s lament on triumphs (not so many) and tribulations (many) of their daily lives

Saturday 29th April at Brothers Leagues Club

Purchase Tickets online or at the Club

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Candlelighting Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesdy 3rd May - 5.30pm - All welcome to this event

Cairns Ceremony - 6 Degree Terrace, The Hilton Cairns

Tablelands Ceremony - Womens Centre, 15 Beatrice St, Atherton

Join us in lighting a candle to remember the victims, and those who have been affected by, domestic and family violence. Ceremony begins at 5.30pm for a lighting of candles statewide at 6.00pm. This is a community event and all are welcome to attend.

We sincerely thank the Hilton Cairns for their continued sponsorship of the Cairns event.

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Breakfast

Friday 26th May - 7.00am - Hilton Cairns - This event by Invitation or purchased Ticket

Our annual Breakfast event to recognise Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month will be held on Friday 26th May at 7.00am at the Hilton Cairns.

Our guest speaker this year will be Ms Di Macleod, Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence, speaking on Intimate Partner Sexual Violence.

This event is by invitation only or purchased ticket. Tickets are $32.00. Contact Jan on 4033 1724 or via email

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