Man sat on floor experiencing domestic violence

Experiencing violence

Man sitting alone experiencing an abusive relationship
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. Violence and abuse in intimate relationships includes: Physical assault – slapping, hitting, scratching Emotional and psychological abuse – belittling remarks, yelling, screaming, put-downs, being ignored, constant...

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Who is responsible

Domestic violence is the misuse of power to gain control over another person. You are not responsible for the violent behaviour. No matter how much you try to please a person who uses violence, it is likely the violence will continue. People who use violence will try to justify it and blame it on other...

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Supporting someone experiencing violence

Abuse and domestic violence can be confronting, upsetting, frustrating and frightening for friends and family. You may see a strong, outgoing energetic person becoming isolated, withdrawn and anxious. It may be hard to identify and confirm what’s going on. You might even doubt whether the problem can be classified as violence. If you think there...

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Staying safe

The following Safety Plan is adapted from the Domestic Violence Resource Centre  – they have many resources for people escaping domestic and family violence.   Safety at home Create your Care Community – A community can help keep you safe. Ask people who you trust to call the police on 000 if they hear fighting,...


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