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Experiencing violence

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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 You may see a strong, outgoing energetic person becoming isolated, withdrawn and anxious.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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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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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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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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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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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. Read on to learn more.

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Understanding verbal abuse

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