Domestic and family violence happens when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain control over the other person. It can take many forms including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or financial abuse, threats, stalking or controlling behaviour.
If you are experiencing domestic and family violence, you are not alone.
There are signs that may suggest someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence.
Sadly, many people who experience domestic and family violence don’t tell anyone about it. They might be afraid of revenge or further violence. Other reasons might include pregnancy, children, lack of money, low self-esteem, love or social pressure. With this in mind, it’s important that others in the community are alert to the signs of domestic and family violence and know how to respond.
You can support those who are experiencing domestic and family violence by: