Who we are

The Red Rose Foundation acknowledges that domestic violence related deaths have many predictive elements and are largely considered preventable.

The Red Rose Foundation actively works to end domestic and family violence related deaths in Australia including homicide, suicide and accidental deaths that arise from incidents and or/histories of domestic violence.

Membership of the Board of Red Rose Foundation is comprised of service providers, academics, researchers, police, business and individuals who are concerned that more can be done to prevent such deaths occurring.

Importantly, the Red Rose Foundation will, at all times, include those who have either survived an attempt on their lives or who have had their lives impacted by homicide or other fatal domestic violence.

The Red Rose Foundation maintains strong links both nationally and internationally with individuals and groups who also work towards eliminating domestic and family violence related deaths.

Our aims

The Red Rose Foundation aims to work to eliminate domestic or family violence related deaths by:

  1. Monitoring the outcomes and recommendations of all Domestic Violence Death Review Boards across Australia to ensure responses to domestic violence protect potential victims and are as safe as possible.
  2.  Highlighting the deaths of victims of domestic violence through:
  • Organising Red Rose rallies to honour and remember those killed.
  • Engaging with families of those killed to offer support or referral where possible.
  • Engaging with and informing the media about domestic violence related deaths.
  • Ensuring survivors and families have a voice within Red Rose Foundation including speaking with media
  1. Establishing partnerships with government and community agencies to advocate, inform and enhance understanding of the reasons, nature and pattern of lethal domestic violence.
  2.  Developing research partnerships for the purpose of participating in research opportunities that build knowledge of and develop strategies to reduce domestic violence homicide.
  3.  Undertaking public education, community activities and events to provide awareness and training on the factors surrounding lethal domestic violence.
  4.  Undertaking fundraising activities to support the work of the Foundation.

Our Team of Experts

The Red Rose Foundation has been formed to actively work towards ending domestic violence related deaths in Australia including homicide, suicide and accidental deaths arising from incidents and or/ histories of domestic violence.

Membership of the Board of Red Rose Foundation will be comprised of service providers, academics, researchers, police, business and individuals who are concerned that more can be done to prevent such deaths occurring. Importantly, the Red Rose Foundation will, at all times, include those who have either survived an attempt on their lives or who have had their lives impacted on by homicide or other fatal domestic violence.

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.

Our Work So Far

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.

To learn more about our work, please view our history documents below.

2004 to 2009

2010 to 2016

Board Members

Diane Mangan Chairperson

Diane has worked in the area of domestic violence and child abuse for forty years both within government and the non government sector including 14 years as the CEO of DVConnect.

Diane has been instrumental in the development of many programs and initiatives during her last decade in the sector including the founding of a national network of all telephone crisis services across Australia (SafeNet Australia 2008) and the only peak in Australia that includes sexual violence, women’s health and domestic and family violence (Ending Violence Against Women Queensland 2013) – Diane was also a founding member of The Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group – DVDRAG (2004 – 2016) which was the forerunner to the Red Rose Foundation.

Di Macleod Secretary

Di has worked in the area of gender based violence for over 37 years and is currently Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc. Over time, her work has included
• Co-ordinator Majella House Women’s Refuge
• Founder Gold Coast Domestic Violence Action Group
• Foundation Board Member Combined Women’s Crisis Services Gold Coast
• Founding Director of Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence
• Securing funding for the establishment of Macleod Women’s Refuge, which is named after her
• Securing funding for the establishment of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
• Member Queensland Taskforce on Women and the Criminal Code
• Foundation Board member of National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV)
• Member Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group
• Board Member of the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ)

Ms Betty Green

Betty is a committed feminist advocate and her work in the women’s community services spans three decades. Violence against women, particularly domestic violence, has been her focus. She has served on numerous management committees and boards in the community sector locally as well as a state-wide peak body, Women’s Health NSW and on government committees such as NSW Premier’s Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (2009-2013) and the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team (2010-2014) and nationally as a committee member of Australasian Council of Women and Policing. She co-founded NSW Domestic Violence Committee Coalition in 2006 and is the recipient of an Edna Ryan Award for Community Activism (2006). She is currently a PhD candidate undertaking research on domestic violence death reviews in Australia.

Ms Yasmin Kahn

Yasmin Khan is a 5th generation cane farmers daughter from Far North Queensland, and a first generation of Pakistani heritage. Yasmin is a community advocate, who successfully founded and ran the award winning Eidfest for 11 years, a festival that celebrates the end of Ramadhan. Yasmin is currently the Volunteer Director of Eidfest Community Services, an organisation that helps Muslim women and those from the Indian Sub-Continent, escape domestic violence. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Qld, a member of the AFL(Q) Diversity Board, an AFL Multicultural Ambassador and the current State Multicultural Ambassador. She is also a founder and President of the Qld Pakistan Association, and a media spokesperson for the Muslim community. Her work in the DV sector has been recognized in the Migration Council Awards last year, with her posters being shortlisted for the National Award, and Qld Eidfest Association is the current recipient of the Award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding.

Ms Shirley Slann

Shirley Slann is an Aboriginal woman from Mount Isa, North West Queensland and has worked in the area of Domestic & Family Violence for over 16 years. Her mother was an Aboriginal woman from Dajarra and her father a Non Indigenous Australian, originally from
Charleville. In January 2015 Shirley moved to Victoria, where she currently works for the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) as a Risk Assessment Management Panel Coordinator. Before then Shirley managed the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service in Mount Isa for over 15 years. Shirley was previously Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic & Family Violence Ministerial Advisory Council. She was also a member of the Queensland Domestic & Family Violence Implementation Advisory Group; the Queensland Death Review Advisory Group; the Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice Task Force (Just Future Strategy); Australian Government representative on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering Working Group; and a representative on the Queensland Women’s Health Network. Shirley has attended the First World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Edmonton, Alberta in 2008, where she did a keynote address on domestic & family violence in Indigenous communities. Shirley also attended the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington DC. Shirley was the first Indigenous representative to be appointed to the Global Network of Women’s Shelters in Amsterdam in 2011. Shirley is a strong advocate in the area of domestic & family violence and believes that assistance should be available for both men and women experiencing or using domestic & family violence.

Kelli Martin

Kelli is passionate in her belief for social justice, equality and empowerment and is committed to giving back to those who are less fortunate. She routinely participates in fundraising events and volunteers for likeminded organisations such as the Women’s Legal Service and is a White Ribbon Advocate. Through Kelli’s sheer determination to provide this ongoing support, this alongside her own personal values was one of the many reasons she decided to launch her own law firm, KLM Solicitors.

Kelli has worked predominantly in Family and Criminal Law since 2006 and was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in June 2008. Kelli moved to Essex, England to begin working at Plexus Law in Colchester and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2010 before returning to Brisbane in 2011. In 2015 Kelli founded KLM Solicitors where she specialises in Criminal and Family Law as well as Domestic Violence matters.

As mother to two young girls, Kelli stands to be a voice for women and tirelessly works to educate through her work and stature within the community, making strides with change with the platform of KLM Solicitors.

Kerrie Mattiske

Kerrie is currently the manager of a philanthropic trust and for the past 20 years has held a number of executive and board roles in Not-for-Profit organisations, focusing on organisations working in the areas of youth, domestic violence and women’s issues. Kerrie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked as a revenue lawyer.

Dr Brian Sullivan PhD

After 15 years working in leadership roles in the education and human service sectors, Brian undertook advanced counsellor training in the USA. He completed his doctorate in counselling and mental health at the College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Ohio in 2000, where he researched readiness for change in court-mandated male perpetrators of domestic violence.

While in the USA, Brian also trained in the Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention. He has worked intensively with court-ordered men using the Duluth program. Brian was instrumental in designing and developing the Master of Counselling Program at the University of Queensland, where he coordinated a course in Violence Issues in Counselling. He has also provided training for professionals in Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence, and with communities organising collaborative community responses to domestic violence.

He has regularly presented at Queensland Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLO) training. He has trained Probation and Parole Offices of Queensland Corrective Services annually since 2003. He has completed a review of the Queensland Police Service First Year Constables Domestic Violence Intervention Training Package. He has worked at YFS, Logan, as the practice manager of 5 men’s domestic violence intervention groups per week. He supervised facilitators of the Men’s program, women’s counsellors and women’s advocates in the Domestic and Family Violence Program at YFS, Logan. He has written a men’s domestic violence intervention program. Brian has been consulted by government. He is also on the Board of the Red Rose Foundation.

His understanding of DV is not only as gendered pattern of coercive violence, but as an ongoing criminal justice issue, and a public health and human rights issue where the safety, freedom, and the dignity of women and children are under threat. His research interests include accountability in the domestic violence sector, effectiveness of collaborative community approaches to domestic violence intervention, identifying and managing unintended consequences of dfv interventions, and working with men for change. He began work as Senior Lecturer, Head of Course for the Domestic and Family Violence Practice Program at Central Queensland University in June 2019.

CEO

Betty Taylor

Betty has worked across the domestic violence sector for the past 28 years. She was the founding Manager of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre and oversaw the development of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response. She chaired the Queensland Domestic Violence Council for 2 terms and has been an active member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Action Groups since its formation in 2004. Betty has written several training manuals including course material of the accredited Course In Responding to Domestic & Family Violence and Dying To Be Heard, a discussion paper looking at domestic violence death reviews. Betty was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and Centenary Medal in recognition of her work in domestic violence intervention and prevention. Betty is a current member of the Child Death Review Panel and the Domestic Violence Death review Board. She is the CEO of the Red Rose Foundation.

Red Rose Advocates

Sonia Anderson

Di Thompson

Dionne Fehring

Natalie Hinton

Damien Schilling and Bonnie Mobbs

Marlene Locke