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Read our latest news to discover what is happening around Centacare.

Your old mobile phone could save a life

Family and relationship care

A mobile phone is often one of the first items to be smashed during an incidence of domestic and family violence. This May, during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, we talked to Founder and CEO of DV Safe Phone Ashton Wood about an urgent need that he says pretty much everyone can help with.

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Coast residents called to ‘Hear Her Voice’

Family and relationship care

More than 300 people have come together at Centacare's annual candlelight vigil and march to take a stand against domestic and family violence. Centacare has hosted the event since 2003, and over the last several years has partnered with Sunshine Coast Council to deliver the vigil, a core part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

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Centacare opens new Gold Coast hub

Featured

On Friday 1 April, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman and Bishop Ken Howell officially opened our new Gold Coast hub and Gold Coast Family Relationship Centre. Our Gold Coast team welcomed about 60 guests to the opening, including clients and their families.

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Festive cheer for families in need

Family and relationship care

Our Community Connections team has partnered with families of St Mary’s Catholic College and the broader South Burnett community to fill dozens of hampers and deliver some festive cheer where it’s most needed.

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South Burnett marches to reclaim the night

Family and relationship care

Almost 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. During Sexual Violence Awareness Month our sexual assault counselling service in Kingaroy held its annual Reclaim the Night march, inviting the South Burnett community to come together and send a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated.

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Coast residents stand together against domestic and family violence

Family and relationship care

More than 300 Sunshine Coast residents gathered at Centacare’s annual candlelight vigil and community march at Maroochydore during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

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Elder abuse happens

Family and relationship care

Any older person can experience abuse, whether they live alone, with others or in care. Being able to recognise the signs that an older person is experiencing abuse is an important first step.

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“I believe you.” How to support survivors of sexual violence

Family and relationship care

Many survivors of sexual violence choose not to report (or withdraw reports of) their abuse because they fear they won't be believed. If someone tells you about their sexual assault, let them know that you believe and reassure them and that it's not their fault.

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Why we need to talk about sexual consent

Family and relationship care

Sexual consent is an agreement to participate in a sexual activity. Consenting and asking for consent is all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner and checking in if things aren’t clear.

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Signs your child may not be coping

Family and relationship care

Some children and young people might show signs that domestic and family violence is affecting them and others may keep their feelings inside. It’s important that you can recognise the signs that your child may not be coping.

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