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Family and Domestic Violence

Family and Domestic Violence

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Family and Domestic Violence

Family and domestic violence is a crime and comes in many forms – some less obvious than others – and can affect the whole family, including children. There are many ways in which violence may be perpetrated within the home but at its core is an attempt by one person to control another.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing services that are inclusive to people of all genders, ages, people living with a disability, and those from  LGBTIQ+ and CALD communities.

If you are facing violence in your home, feel threatened, or are at risk in any physical or emotional way, or if you know of someone who is, we are here for you.

What is family and domestic violence?

It is not always easy to recognise if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence or is in an abusive relationship. Family and domestic violence is a continued pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour towards a partner or family member. This is an ongoing crisis within Australia that seriously threatens the health, wellbeing and lives of thousands of women and children on a daily basis.

Forms of abuse

Family and domestic violence can be:

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
  • Economic abuse, including controlling access to money
  • Stalking
  • Controlling behaviours
  • Technology-related abuse (e.g.sending abusive text messages, making constant threatening phone calls, social media stalking, etc.)


Signs of abuse

Does your intimate partner or family member: 

  • Make you feel afraid, unsafe or fearful?
  • Put you down and tell you that “it’s all your fault”?
  • Constantly check up on you or keep track of your whereabouts?
  • Make you feel afraid to say “no” to them?
  • Stop you having any access to money or keep track of your spending?
  • Touch you or make you have sex when you don’t want to?
  • Stop you from accessing professional support for your physical or mental health?
  • Scare or hurt you by being physically violent towards you?
  • Expose your children to verbal, physical, emotional abuse or controlling behaviours?
  • Stop you from seeing your family or friends?
  • Blame you for their violent behaviour? 

Remember, you are never responsible for another person’s violence.

No one should have to live their lives in fear. We’re here to listen, talk about your options, and help support you and your family to take the next step. Even if you are unsure if you’re experiencing violence, talking about your situation can help.

If you identify with any of these signs and you want to discuss your options further, please see our Find help now page or learn more about family and domestic violence in Australia and how The Salvation Army can help.


Emergency contact numbers

National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline (24 hours): 1800 737 732 (1800 Respect)

Lifeline: 131 114

Kids helpline: 1800 55 1800

If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself or someone else, please call 000 for emergency assistance.


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