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Providing support

Help is Here

The Help is Here campaign provides information on support services available to anyone experiencing domestic and family violence, to help them access the support they need, when they need it.

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Using violence

Abuse and domestic violence

Domestic and family violence in our community is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to be free from harm and to live without fear of abuse. All victims need compassionate and highly responsive support.

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Experiencing violence

Experiencing a violent or abusive relationship

Being in a violent and abusive relationship can take many forms. The most common include physical violence and threats, emotional abuse, social and financial control, and persistent demeaning comments. Learn where to get advice & support when in a violent or abusive relationship from MensLine Australia.

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Who is responsible

Domestic violence is the misuse of power to gain control over another person. People who use violence will try to justify it and blame it on other things, yet somebody who is violent to their partner is usually able to choose not to be violent with everyone or anyone else. Violence is a choice. It is not your fault.

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Providing support

Supporting someone experiencing violence

Abuse and domestic violence can be confronting, upsetting, frustrating and frightening for friends and family. If you are worried about a friend or family member who is experiencing violence or being abused, how you respond can make a big difference. Talking about what’s going on, identifying and naming it are very powerful ways to help.

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Experiencing violence

Staying safe

Information and support on staying safe from domestic and family violence including; safety at home, having an escape plan, safety after separation, safety in public or at work, safety on the Internet.

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Experiencing violence

Understanding emotional abuse

Domestic and family violence can take many forms. One common, and often unrecognised, form of domestic violence is emotional abuse, which is an ongoing pattern of behaviour intended to cause emotional harm.

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Financial abuse

Understanding financial abuse

Domestic and family violence can take many forms – it can include many different types of behaviour including emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual and verbal abuse. One form of domestic violence which is often overlooked is financial abuse.

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Physical abuse

Understanding physical abuse

Domestic violence can take many forms – it can include emotional, financial, sexual, spiritual, verbal abuse. The most commonly known is physical abuse, with 16% of women (1.5 million) and 5.9% of men (528,800) in Australia. Here we look at some signs of physical abuse, as well as some steps to address it.

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Spiritual and religious abuse

Understanding spiritual abuse

Domestic violence can take many forms – it can include emotional, financial, physical, sexual and verbal. abuse. One of the lesser known forms of this behaviour is spiritual abuse, also known as religious abuse. Spiritual or Religious abuse can include control of another person’s religious choices and beliefs, as well as using religious beliefs to rationalise control over another person.

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Verbal abuse

Understanding verbal abuse

Understand what constitutes verbal abuse including the key signs to look for and how you can avoid it.

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Sexual abuse

Understanding sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is a form of domestic violence, which can be defined as unwanted sexual activity. This activity is not just physical – it can also include verbal & emotional elements. Understand the signs and effects of sexual abuse and how to get help.

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