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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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