Media release

Combined Women's Refuge Group (SE QLD), September 30, 2015

How specialist women's refuges in Queensland save live.... and millions $'s every year.


An in-depth report into the work of specialist women's refuges throughout South-East Queensland, including a "snapshot day" survey of the work they do and the women they assist, has been released.


A launch event will be held on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 10am.


"Queensland's specialist women's refuges reflect world-best practice," says Bernadette, secretary of the CWRG. "Understanding what women's refuges do is vital. They are safe havens hidden in the suburbs right throughout this state and few people - including women at risk - truly understand the extensive services they provide. A safe bed is only the start."


Queensland recently became the epicentre of Australia's family violence epidemic - with three horrific deahs and one attempted murder in just four days. The state has the biggest and busiest domestic violence call centre in the country, with 40,000 calls taken a year at DVConnect. In Queensland alone, about 23 women are killed by their intimate partner each year. The most dangerous time for women and children attempting to leave a violent situation is during, or immediately after, the time of separation. Women's refuges keep women and children alive.


Key points from the "More than just a bed" report include:

* Exploding the myths of Family Violence and women's refuges

* Provision of accommodation alone is an inefficient and ineffective means of responding to the needs of women and children escaping family violence.

* Insight into the workings of women's refuges - urban, remote and regional.

* The economic argument - DV costs QLD economy $3billion a year. Refuges save millions yet are underfunded.


The Combined Women's Refuge Group represents women's refuges throughout South-East Queensland. For more than 30 years, the CWRG has advocated for the interests and needs of women escaping domestic and family violence.


For further event details and to register your interest in attending or to receive a copy of the report "More than just a bed. The contribution of women's refuges in Queensland", contact



For further information or media interviews, contact...

Liz MacDonald, Secretariat, Combined Women's Refuge Group (SE QLD)

Ph - 0406 260 754,  email -