Domestic and Family Violence

  • What is it?

    Domestic and family violence is against the law. It’s when someone close to you threatens you or does something to hurt you or other members of your family. You have the right to feel safe at home and you should never have to see or experience it. Domestic violence can include:

    • Physical assault: punching, hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, choking, or using weapons
    • Sexual assault: being forced to have or watch sex
    • Emotional abuse: making you feel worthless by bad mouthing the way you act, how you look, what you wear or always putting you down
    • Intimidating you: stalking, yelling, name-calling or swearing at you. This can also happen by SMS texting or Facebook
    • Smashing your property, car or harming your pets
    • Threatening to do any of these things as well.

    If you witness, overhear or are exposed to domestic violence, this could also be child abuse. Take action. Find a person or service that you can talk to for help. You have the right to be safe from all types of abuse.

  • What to do

    If you or anyone else is in immediate danger of being hurt call the Police on 000.

    Domestic violence is really bad and if you see it happening or its happening to you, you need to report it. If someone is hurting you it can be very scary and hard to know how to stop it.

    Everybody has a right to be safe from all violence and no one has the right to use violence towards you. Tell someone!!

    It’s okay to complain to someone and to talk about it because there are people out there who can help. See SkillBot “Who to contact”

  • Who to contact

    If you or anyone else is in immediate danger of being hurt call the Police on 000.

    If you feel unsafe in your home talk to someone because if you don’t then no one will know what is going on and they can’t help you.

    You could talk to a person you trust and feel comfortable with like a friend, teacher, a counsellor or another family member who is not involved .

    Here’s a list of important contacts to call –

    • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service
    • 1800 656 463 (interpreter 1800 671 442) – Domestic violence line: 24 hours/7days
    • 1800 55 1800 – Kids Helpline
    • 1800 050 321 – Family Relationship Advice
    • 131 114 – Lifeline
    • 1300 789 978 – Mensline Australia