It All Begins With Love – Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign Year: Current

Project Details

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Bundaberg Regional Council, UnitingCare Community, Relationships Australia

Project Brief

Develop a theatre work that responds to the critical issue of domestic and family violence in the Bundaberg community.
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It all begins with love

Creative Regions began working with the DV Forum members in Bundaberg in 2011 through the Regional Stages Project (funded by Australia Council, Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council) to investigate ways that the performing arts could be used as an intervention strategy around DV issues in the region.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Creative Regions and four service providers to create a piece of verbatim theatre responding to interviews with DV victims and perpetrators. 12 participants were interviewed in partnership with Ross Peddlesden as interviewer and Rod Ainsworth as producer/ playwright.

A work in progress was read at the Bundaberg White Ribbon Day function IN 2012 with 120 people present. The full 30-minute play called ‘IT ALL BEGINS WITH LOVE’ was completed in early 2013 and was read at a public Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month function on 21 May 2013 with over 60 present. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Additional funding has been received through the Australia Council’s Community Partnerships Board to further the project to production in 2014. The production will occur on Friday, 21 November.

I’ve been to every professional development opportunity in the country it seems, and I was very cynical about another role play. But I’ve never seen anything like this. Congratulations.

– Senior Constable – Queensland Police Service

If you are in immediate danger, call 000


If you need to talk, call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support line

13 11 14

UnitingCare Community

Bundaberg Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Program
Phone: 4513 8400

UnitingCare Community Family Relationship Centre Bundaberg
5 Bingera Street, Bundaberg
Phone: 4130 7500
Email: [email protected]

Relationships Australia

Domestic Violence Counselling and Support Services available

14 Tantitha Street, Bundaberg

Phone: 1300 364 277

White Ribbon

CQUniversity Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Arts Queensland
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Relationships Australia
  • UnitingCare Community
  • Bundaberg Broadcasters
  • Bundaberg Eye Clinic
  • CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus & School of Human, Health and Social Sciences
  • Wide Bay Hospital & Health Service
  • Bundaberg Specialist Centre
  • Acorn Child Care Centres
  • Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) Bundaberg
  • YMCA
  • Friendly Society Private Hospital
  • Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Wide Bay Medicare Local
  • Citicoast Globalcare
  • Bundaberg Radiology
  • UnitingCare Community
  • BRAG (Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery)
  • White Ribbon
  • Domestic and Family Violence Forum Bundaberg
  • ABC Wide Bay
  • Ross Peddlesden

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