Domestic and family violence
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Aug 2021

Domestic and family violence is a crime. Domestic violence is when there is violent, abusive or bullying behaviour or actions towards a partner or former partner to scare or control them. It can happen at home or outside the home. Family violence can also include abuse that occurs in the community between siblings, parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Abusive behaviour is not always physical. It can be emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological, technology based or other controlling and threatening behaviours that cause the person being abused to be fearful.

Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone. It happens in every community, in all cultures, to young and old. Nobody deserves violence and you have a right to be safe.

Red Bench Project 

The Red Bench project is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and to build a permanent reminder that domestic and family violence occurs within all communities.
Sunshine Coast Council supports this initiative and has installed four red benches in public locations throughout the region. You can find a red bench at the following locations:
  • Quota Park, Nambour 
  • Alex Bluff Foreshore Park, Alexandra Headlands
  • Happy Valley Park, Caloundra
  • Lower Maple Street, Maleny.
Each bench delivers a simple message on a plaque, Change the ending: let’s stop domestic violence. These benches aim to create awareness and much-needed discussion about the effects of domestic and family violence on our residents and the whole Sunshine Coast community.
Visit the Red Rose Foundation website for more information on the Red Bench Project and the location of other benches across Queensland. 

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness and to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.

Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month, including community grants and resources.

For queries and more information email or contact council

How to do something

If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, there are three ways that you can help, depending on the situation.

  1. Talk to the victim
  2. Provide resources and help them take action
  3. In an emergency, call triple zero (000).


If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This service is open 24 hours and provides confidential advice. In an emergency, call the Police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the Police.

Visit the Queensland Government for more information about what you can do about domestic and family violence and to search for support services in your local area.