Family violence is a crime.
It is a violation of human rights.
A woman and her children have the right to be safe and to be free from abuse.
Family violence can happen to anyone but in 95% of reported incidents, it is mainly committed by men against women, children and other vulnerable people. It is endemic in the community and affects people of all walks of life regardless of age, culture, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status.
Violence can take many forms and is when someone (the abuser) uses behaviour that is violent, threatening, intimidating or controlling, or intended to cause the family or a household member to be fearful. The abuser may be from a current or past intimate relationship, a carer or a guardian, other family member including stepfamily regardless of gender and sexuality.
Violent behaviours may include:
- physical or sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
- financial abuse such as withholding money
- threats or coercion
- isolating you from family and friends
- controlling or dominating you, causing you to fear for your safety or the wellbeing of another person
- causing your child to hear, witness, or otherwise be exposed to the effects of violence
- using male privilege
- harm to things that you love – pets, personal belongings
- verbal abuse
- neglect in a relationship of dependence
- restricting spiritual or cultural participation
If you or someone you care about is experiencing family violence, please call the 1800 respect this is a national 24/7 help line. You might also like to visit their website https://www.1800respect.org.au
If you are in Victoria you can also call safe steps 24/7 response line on 1800 015 188 for information or support or visit www.safesteps.org.au or click here for resources that you may find useful.