The CHAT Alliance

One of our most recent and exciting innovations is The CHAT Alliance (Connection, Healing and Transformation).

The four CHAT Alliance members “working together for women’s safety” are:

We engage the community through:

  • Our CHAT Centres - umbrella branding across each service
  • The CHAT Van - mobile community engagement
  • Joint CHAT Circles - working in the neighbourhood with the client’s family and friends

The CHAT is a true early intervention and prevention partnership designed to get our services out and about in the community, meeting people on their turf and encouraging them to have a ‘chat’.


In the past five (5) years, WAVSS has been innovative, creative and persistent in planning and implementing new partnerships, approaches and ideas until they become a positive reality.  In addition to doing ‘good service work’, we have turned WAVSS into a progressive and cutting-edge organisation with people who are willing to think outside the box and positively embrace community activism and sector-wide reform.


We aim to inspire, lead and implement new ideas doing whatever it takes to bring real actions and tangible change to life …


Three (3) examples are: The CHAT Alliance, QLD DV Weblink, and the “Non-violence is contagious” campaign.

Innovative Action

Tap CHAT letters for descriptions:

Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ)


WAVSS is a foundational member and current chair of the newly formed Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) Peak Body; and a long-term member of the Queensland Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group (DVDRAG). 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.

  • Violence against women and children is a human rights violation
  • Women and children are entitled to a safety response from the community

EVAWQ is The Peak Body of the Violence Against Women Sector in Queensland. They believe that:

QLD DV WebLink

In 2011, we initiated and launched the idea for a website communication project - working collaboratively with the Logan City ICR, Beaudesert CCR and the DFV Coordinator for the Coomera Policing District - to plan and develop the “Queensland Domestic Violence Link” website.


The website aimed to ensure better connections, better service access, better information-sharing, better referrals and better resourcing strategies for agencies, clients and community members wishing to attain information on domestic and family violence support and services within our region.   WAVSS and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) worked together with a community web designer to create the site and support ongoing maintenance. Initially we hoped to build awareness of regular activities and events in Logan and Beaudesert, and raise awareness of available services across local regions.


The good news however is that, with the support of the Queensland Police Service the website concept, progress, and funding expanded to such an extent that the development became a much broader initiative. This joint venture was initially planned to be a shared resource for individual agencies in the Logan, Beaudesert and Gold Coast regions to link together; however the popularity of the site now sees it as a top resource linking a broader network of support agencies across Queensland and Australia, with national and international access and user traffic.  In 2012, QLD DV WEBLINK was nominated for a Department of Communities Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Excellence Award, however unfortunately the funding was withdrawn before the nominations were complete.

Sporting Partnerships

Rugby Club Partnerships

Since 2011, WAVSS has built a strong partnership with the Logan City Saints Rugby Union Club as part of our “Logan Cares: Say No to Violence” campaign.  WAVSS and the Club members are creating proactive ways to provide truly integrated support to vulnerable families through innovative engagement strategies that aim to increase community awareness and longer-term social change.

The Saints wear WAVSS’ logo predominantly on the front of their jerseys, shorts and socks, and the Club has made a commitment to publicly explain what wearing the logo means to them.  The initial connection came out of a referral to me from a past consulting relationship with the Club’s senior coaches; good men who identify as non-violent and willing to be community role models.

As mentors, trained team members:

  • Take referrals from WAVSS to meet with young men who have experienced or use violence
  • Provide mentoring support and role modelling i.e counselling that doesn’t look like counselling
  • Learn “what to say, what to do, and what actions to take” when they see or become aware of situations that may escalate to violence
  • Build new skills to intervene in everyday challenges in a non-threatening way
  • Support young people to learn positive behaviours and non-violent responses
  • Achieve change through sport, and by good men making public statements against violence
  • Model good citizenship, good behaviours, and better ways to deal with conflict
  • Take the White Ribbon Day oath as men speaking out against violence in the community
  • Become involved in advocacy and social action through awareness-raising events like the Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony

Note: Partnership with Sporting Clubs is one of the key recommendations in The Bryce Report, 2015 aimed at creating cultural and community change (Special DFV Taskforce)

Join the Logan City Saints

Join Whenua Ariki in the Redlands

The Taskforce Report "Not Now, Not Ever"

The Queensland Government established a Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in September 2014, Chaired by the honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia. A review on Queensland’s Domestic Violence services and support systems was undertaken, and the substantial Bryce Report ‘Not now, not ever’ was written as a recommendation to the Premier on how the system could be improves and future incidents could be prevented.

Learn more about the Taskforce

Read the Report “Not Now, Not Ever

Read the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy

Community Campaigns

Sponsors, Supporters & Donators

WAVSS would like to acknowledge and thank our core sponsors and donators:

McCullough Robertson Lawyers and staff

Who kindly donate beautiful Christmas gifts for our

client families each year (see picture, 2013)

Donate Now

The Benevolent Society

Soroptomist International Logan Inc.

Love and Care

Medicare Local

Helen Quinn

Mission Possible

Sheryl and Mary

Zonta Club of Brisbane

Thank you for generously donating funds, personal care kits,

hand-made blankets and clothing for our clients each year.


Is Contagious

Please Give Now to WAVSS

(Working Against Violence Support Service Inc)

Learn more about and support our Non-Violence is Congatious Campaign here.

p: (07) 3808 5566


Copyright © 2015, Edited Sept 2015