Domestic and family 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.

Ask yourself

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.

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

Contact us

Call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 for free and confidential 24/7 support

See also

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    Crisis accommodation

    Open Arms Crisis Accommodation Program aims to provide crisis ‘time-out’ accommodation. Providing time to alleviate a crisis situation such as a potentially conflicting domestic situation or immediate housing crisis.
  • 1800 RESPECT

    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.

  • Relationships Australia

    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.