Family violence refers to violence that occurs between partners or other family members. It’s any behaviour that is violent, threatening, controlling or intended to make you or your family feel scared and unsafe. Family violence can include emotional, verbal, social, economic, psychological, spiritual, physical and sexual abuse. In the overwhelming majority of cases, family violence is perpetrated by males against their female partners. Family violence can happen to anyone — that is, a person from any country, religion, sexuality, gender, social background or culture.
All types of violence can be dangerous and many are against the law. Domestic violence is never okay.
24 hour emergency numbers
- Police - 000
- Victorian Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service - 1800 015 188 or 9322 3555
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line - 1800 806 292