What might be the signs that someone is in a violent relationship?
You can find more information about recognising signs of family violence and abuse here:
How can I help?
Safety is always the priority.
Often the person experiencing family violence will feel that they are to blame for their family member’s behaviour. Often this will be a male partner, but this is not always the case.
If it is safe to do so you can have a conversation.
There are a range of ways you can offer support during a conversation.
Disclosing their experiences of family violence is an important first step in seeking support and lessening their isolation.
It is important not to tell someone experiencing family violence what to do or to judge them if they choose to stay in their relationship.
Respect their choices if they are not ready to leave. There may be many complex reasons a person may choose to stay with a partner who uses family violence.
It can take great courage, and be highly risky to leave family violence. Women are most at risk when they decide to leave or immediately after they have left a partner who chooses to use family violence.
Someone who wants to leave family violence may need to consider:
What help is available?
Windermere Child & Family Services
Windermere offers confidential counselling services for families and individuals experiencing sexual assault and family violence.
Call 1300 946 337
Safe Steps (Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service)
24 hour telephone crisis counselling, information, referral and support for women experiencing domestic violence.
Phone 1800 015 188
24-hour counselling to anyone within Australia. You can talk to them about any problem, big or small.
Phone: 13 11 14
24 hour counselling and support service for people impacted by sexual assault or family violence.
Phone 1800 737 732
** If you are concerned for yours or someone else’s immediate safety call 000.**
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