Domestic and family violence can take many forms – You can make a difference

Domestic and family violence is not always physical and can take many forms, including emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological or technology-based abuse.

It occurs when one person in an intimate personal, family or informal carer relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person—usually an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner.

Everyone’s experience is different. However, you can help by knowing how to recognise the signs of abuse and what you can do to support someone if you think they are experiencing domestic and family violence.

If something doesn’t seem right – your support and action can make a difference. Find more information and support options online.

Help and support

Call DVConnect for free, confidential crisis support.

  • DVConnect Womensline: 1800 811 811 (24/7)
  • DVConnect Mensline: 1800 600 636 (7 days, 9am to midnight)

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for Police.