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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

Inaugural Foundation Members

Former Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing

Former Deputy Commissioner Pointing joined the Queensland Police Service in 1978 and has performed duties in Brisbane, Ipswich, the Mounted Unit, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Rockhampton, the Gold Coast and Roma. In the capacity of Assistant Commissioner Brett has commanded both the Metropolitan South and North Regions as well as Operations Support Command. During the 2010-2011 Season of Disasters, Deputy Commissioner Pointing was appointed the Executive Officer to the State Disaster Coordination Group and played a pivotal role in coordinating the police response. Deputy Commissioner Pointing took up the position of Deputy Commissioner (Regional Operations) in January 1, 2013 and took responsibility for co-ordinating the disaster recovery of Bundaberg and North Burnett Regional Council areas in the wake of ex tropical cyclone Oswald. In September 2013, he led the Queensland policing response into the organised crime networks of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs before returning to the Deputy Commissioner (Regional Operations) in August 2014. Brett regards his work as the Domestic and Family Violence Champion within the Queensland Police Service as the most important role he has held. Deputy Commissioner Pointing was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the 2008 Queen’s Honours List. He has also been awarded the Queensland Police Service Medal, National Service Medal, National Police Medal, National Emergency Medal, Meritorious Service Award, and the Exemplary Conduct Medal. In October 2015, Deputy Commissioner Pointing transitioned to lead the Strategy, Policy and Performance portfolio for the Queensland Police Service. Deputy Commissioner Pointing has a Bachelor of Arts in Policing (Monash) and a Master of Education (QUT). He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA) National Academy. He is currently undertaking a Masters of Futures Studies.

Ms Libby Lloyd AM

Internationally Libby has worked in senior roles with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia and Iraq, and in Australia with the Commonwealth Public Service in the area of refugees. Libby was a co-founder and board member of the White Ribbon Foundation in Australia (2003-13) and has been a key adviser on domestic and family violence policy to successive Australian governments. Libby was Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children which delivered Time for Action – the National Council’s Plan to Reduce violence against Women and their Children to the then Prime Minister (2008-9); Chair of the (Commonwealth’s) Violence against Women Advisory Group (2009-11); and a member of the National Plan Implementation Panel (2011-14). Libby is currently: assisting the Department of Social Services in various aspects towards the Third National Action Plan; Patron of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence (2010-); Patron of the Indigo Foundation (2006-), Chair of the Research Fund Management Committee of the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS 2015-); Council member Australian Institute of International Affairs (ACT 2015-), Board member of the Canberra Men’s Centre (2015-), and a BoardLinks Champion to increase women’s representation on government and private sector boards (2015-).

Ms Gwynneth Bridge

Gwynneth Bridge has been an active member of state and national long day care association committees for the past 28 years and is the current President of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) and CEO of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld). Gwynneth is also an Approved Provider of five early learning services, four in Queensland and one in Canberra. Throughout the years, Gwynneth has represented the sector on many Government reference groups both National and State. In her current roles with ACA and ACA Qld, Gwynneth works closely with all sides of Parliament to place before Government and Opposition members the plight of Approved Providers, families, children, educators and the community in an endeavour to ensure that we have an affordable, robust and sustainable childcare sector into the future.

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.

Diane Mangan

After 14 years at the helm of DVConnect (24/7 statewide telephone crisis service for people living with domestic, sexual and family violence) Diane has left her role as CEO and is currently devoting more time to her long running commitment to ending domestic violence deaths in Australia. During Diane’s time at DVConnect she raised the profile of the organisation from an unknown struggling statewide line receiving less than a $1 million pa to an $8 million pa organisation with a well known profile that symbolised Queensland’s fight against domestic violence. Diane also oversaw the implementation of the Mensline Court Assistance program, the statewide Pets in Crisis Program with the RSPCA Queensland and the acquisition of the statewide Sexual Assault Helpline from the Health Department. Just prior to Diane’s departure from DVConnect she secured a major contract with Medibank Health Solutions for the provision of trauma informed counselling for non urgent calls received by the national service, 1800 RESPECT. This contract is the first time that the response to domestic violence is being shared across the country along with two other statewide lines (Victoria and South Australia).
Diane has worked in the area of domestic violence since the formation of the first women’s refuge in Brisbane in the 1970’s. She has also spent 18 years working on the frontline of child protection with the Department of Child Safety before returning to the domestic violence sector.
During Diane’s almost 40 years in the field of domestic violence and child abuse she has been instrumental in the development of many programs and initiatives including the establishment of a national network of all telephone crisis services across Australia (SafeNet Australia 2008) and the establishment of 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 when the long-running campaign objectives of: establishment of Domestic Violence Death Review Board and separate law of Non Lethal Strangulation had been achieved.

Di Macleod

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)

Linda-Anne Northey

Linda-Ann is the General Manager of WAVSS Logan and WAVSS Across the Redlands, she has provided a representative and educative voice across the domestic violence sector and the women’s sector in Queensland – filling many positions on advisory boards, committees and groups and actively contributing to high-level projects and activities that have informed new practice. Linda-Ann was appointed First President of the newly-formed Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) Peak Body in 2015 representing combined responses for sexual assault, women’s health and domestic and family violence services. Linda-Ann has also been a long-standing and dedicated member of DVDRAG for the past seven (7) years, attending almost every Red Rose Rally held in Brisbane for the past 4 years and being a public voice and activist for preventing domestic homicide. Linda-Ann has a background in adult and vocational education, organisational counselling and behavioural management and worked as a corporate educator and management consultant in her own business for over 25 years.

Glen Fisher

Glen joined the AFP in 1994 and has undertaken roles in investigations, intelligence, training, international liaison and capacity building. He started in the AFP’s Sydney Office in the fields of illicit narcotics, money laundering and fraud investigations.
In 1998, Glen was promoted to run an Intelligence team in Sydney and later set up the School of Law Enforcement Intelligence in Canberra. He led several corporate initiatives, including the AFP first policy initiatives in counter terrorism.
In 2002, Glen established the AFP’s Counter Terrorism Intelligence and managed the response to several overseas bombing. He forged the first working relationships with the Australian Intelligence Community and later deployed to Indonesia to manage an AFP Counter Terrorism Investigation team supporting the Indonesian Police.
Glen was appointed to head up a newly formed Online Child Exploitation Team in 2004, during which he led several national taskforces and introduced new initiatives to combat the problem and introduce legislative reform. This included leading the first ever national operation targeting online child pornography, resulting in over 300 successful prosecutions.
In 2005 he returned to Sydney to manage organised crime and counter terrorism investigation teams, before again heading back to Indonesia in 2006. He led a group of Indonesian Police to establish a Transnational Crime Centre inside their HQ, providing the first capacity to investigate people smuggling organisers and human trafficking in Indonesia. He returned to Australia in 2008 to run a joint agency team inside Australia’s Border Protection Command investigating people smuggling networks.
Glen was promoted to Superintendent in 2009 and given responsibility for forming Transnational Intelligence Operations. His work focused on coordinating operations overseas between international agencies in targeting organised criminal networks.
In 2013, Glen took up a position managing the AFP’s operational interests in northern Queensland. This includes overseeing investigations against serious and organised crime threats to northern Australia and community policing regional airports.
In 2016, Glen moved to Brisbane to manage the AFP’s criminal response and victim based crime investigations for Queensland. This includes responsibility for managing the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team co-located with Queensland Police’s Taskforce Argos, responses to Human Trafficking and People Smuggling and investigations relating to illicit drugs, money laundering, cyber and general Commonwealth crime.
Glen has a Bachelor of Arts (Justice Studies), Graduate Certificate Professional Development Education, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, Masters of Political Science and Masters of Business Administration.


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