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Why do we exist?

The appalling cost in human lives to domestic and family violence is a national tragedy of crisis proportions.

The Red Rose Foundation addresses the factors surrounding domestic and family violence deaths including homicide, suicide and accidental deaths. We know from research that the majority of domestic and family violence related deaths are preventable. We can and must Change The Ending.


The Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group (DVDRAG) was established in Queensland in 2004 to campaign for the establishment of a Domestic Violence Death Review Board in Queensland.

Since then the group has continued to record, highlight and raise public awareness to the tragic toll of domestic violence deaths. Since 2004, there have been 254 known homicides related to domestic/family violence. The number of suicides, suspicious domestic violence related deaths, deaths from long terms injuries and missing women remain unknown. DVDRAG strived for and has now seen the establishment of a Domestic Violence Death Review Board in Queensland as well as legislative changes to address non-lethal strangulation. A public Red Rose Rally has been held following every domestic violence related death since 2008. The Queensland Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group (DVDRAG) has established the national Red Rose Foundation to expand and connect the work undertaken by the group to promote the prevention of domestic violence related deaths. Domestic violence related homicides are often referred to as the most preventable of all homicides and there is much to be done to stop such deaths from occurring.

Deadly Pattern of Domestic Violence

The Red Rose Foundation is producing a short video on identifying the deadly pattern of domestic violence. On average, 2 women are murdered each week in Australia as a result of domestic violence. These deaths are described as the most predictable of all homicides. We hope the short video will provide increased awareness on recognising the signs of increased harm and risk. By learning and understanding the dynamics frequently present in abusive relationships, we as friends, family, community and service personnel, can support women and children to be safe. Ultimately we aim to help change the ending for victims of domestic violence. We are pleased to have the support of award winning Australian producer and director Megan Doneman. Australian singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, and Channel 7 veteran journalist and newsreader, Kay McGrath. The 5-7 minute video will feature various people (including victims of domestic violence as well as those who assist victims of domestic violence), discussing the patterns leading up to and the possible preventions of domestic violence related deaths. This will be intercut with a classical ballet dance sequence depicting the various stages of a domestic violence relationship, from romance to the possible tragic end. It’s the ending we hope to change. We would greatly appreciate your support, please consider supporting our GoFundMe campaign below.

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