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Are you worried about how you are being treated by your partner or husband, boyfriend or girlfriend, a family member or a carer?
Abuse in relationships, which is also called domestic violence, is any behaviour that causes physical, sexual or emotional harm, or causes you to live in fear. Family violence can affect anyone, regardless of sex, age, race, sexuality, disability, income, gender or lifestyle. However, violent behaviour is most frequently used by men, as a way to exercise power and control over women and children. There are different types of domestic and family violence, including:
Emotional abuse – When someone constantly puts you down or criticises you threatens to stop you from seeing your children, or threatens to commit suicide if you leave the relationship.
Social abuse – When someone prevents you from seeing your friends and family makes you feel guilty about going to work or socialising constantly checks up on your whereabouts.
Financial abuse – When your partner or another family member takes control of your financial affairs when you don’t want them to, or prevents you from having access to money.
Sexual abuse – When someone makes you do sexual things that you don’t want to do. Forcing you to have sex is a criminal offence, even if you are married.
Stalking – When a partner, ex-partner, or someone else follows you around, or repeatedly tries to contact you, even if you’ve said you don’t want this.
Physical abuse – Includes pushing, hitting, throwing objects, driving dangerously to frighten you, or threatening to physically harm you, other people, or pets.
Source: For survivors | Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (dvrcv.org.au)
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