Domestic violence, sometimes called family violence, is against the law. You have the right to feel safe at home and you should never have to see or experience it. It is okay to complain and to talk to someone. There are lots of organisations in the ACT who you can talk to who can help you to deal with what’s going on.
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Domestic violence, sometimes called family violence, is when someone close to you threatens you or does something to harm you or someone else in your family. Domestic violence is not just physical violence. It can include:
This person can be someone in your family or can be a boyfriend or girlfriend, a relative, a parent or guardian, or even your parents’ partner.
Domestic violence can happen to you, or someone else in your family, e.g. violence between your parents. If you see it happening to someone else in your family you should still report it.
If you are under 18 and are exposed to domestic violence, or you see or hear it happening, this could also be child abuse. You have the right to be safe from all types of abuse. See our page on Child Abuse for more information.
Domestic/family violence is unacceptable. If you see it occur or are a victim of it, you should report it. As a child you have a right to be safe from this violence, and there are many ways you can be safe from this type of violence.
You can also email them at: http://kidshelp.com.au/teens/get-help/email-counselling/. They also have an online chat service at http://www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/get-help/web-counselling/.
If you call the Police or Care and Protection Services, the person who is causing the violence will not be told that you have reported it BUT the Police or the authorities may investigate what is happening. If they are worried about your safety, the police can apply for a court order to stop someone hurting you. This is called a Domestic Violence Order.
If you feel unsafe in your home because of the violence that is happening, it is important to talk to someone. If you do not speak to anyone, or report what is happening, then no one will know what is going on and they can’t help you. You could talk to an adult you trust and feel comfortable with, like a family friend or your teacher. Below is a list of important contacts you can call if you need to talk to someone else.
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