Domestic and family violence
Anyone can experience domestic and family violence. It happens across all communities, ages, cultures and sexes.
Domestic and family violence occurs when there is an abuse of power in a relationship and/or after separation. This violence can take many forms and often, non-physical forms of abuse can be just as damaging as physical forms.
If someone who has a close personal relationship with you makes you feel afraid, powerless or unsafe, or if you are afraid to disagree or negotiate for what you want, this may be a sign of abuse.
All individuals have the right to be free from violence. If you are experiencing abuse it is not your fault, it is the abuser who is responsible. Domestic and family violence is a crime.
Domestic and family violence can take many forms which include:
It is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is help out there. Below are some resources on how you, or someone you know, can get assistance and support through domestic and family violence. For more specific help, please see our tool kit below.
If you need immediate help call 000.
Deciding to leave a violent relationship is a difficult decision and requires careful planning and support. Everyone has the right to respectful, loving relationships and no one should live in fear.
If you need immediate help call 000
DV-alert is a nationally accredited free training program delivered by Lifeline aimed at srecognising the signs of domestic and family violence and knowing what to do next. There are programs for the general public and specialist programs for frontline workers. For more information go to the DV-alert website.
We too often see stories of the adults who are victims/survivors of domestic violence, but we rarely hear the voices of the children who are impacted.
Growing up, Cameron not only suffered the loneliness of trying to make sense of his parents’ violent relationship but also the after effects of a devious sexual abuse at the hands of a stranger. His story is one of survival, revived faith in humanity and a passion for music that has helped him find a new and hopeful future.