Domestic violence

Violence can include things people do, things people say, threats and intimidating acts. It can also mean making people do things they don’t want to do, or preventing them from doing things that are important to them.

Some questions you might ask yourself to see if your family has a problem with violence include:

  • Do you feel afraid of your partner or family member?
  • Do you feel like you need to avoid certain topics or ‘walk on eggshells’ so that you don’t set your partner or family member off?
  • Does your partner or family member make you feel like you can’t do anything right?
  • Do you believe that you deserve to be hurt or treated badly?
  • Do you feel helpless or emotionally numb?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you and those close to you might benefit from getting some help. People can change angry, aggressive and violent behaviours with support.

If you are concerned about your immediate safety or the safety of another person, call 000.

If you are the family member of a Veteran, Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling may be able to help. Call 1800 011 046 for free and confidential 24/7 support.

If you are the victim of domestic violence, call the Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 737 732 or visit the website. They provide telephone and online counselling services to assist people experiencing the effects of sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

Family violence prevention programs are run by Relationships Australia, and include a range of services to assist those with violence and or abuse issues in their relationships including family violence programs for perpetrators.