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.
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Domestic violence is when someone close to you threatens you or does something to harm you or someone else in your family.
Domestic violence can include:
This person can be someone in your family or can be a boyfriend or girlfriend, someone living with you, a relative, a parent or carer, 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.
You can also be a victim of domestic violence even where you are not directly involved. This is called exposure to domestic violence and it includes situations where you hear or witness domestic violence occurring. For example you could be exposed to domestic violence by:
If you are under 25 and are exposed to domestic violence, this could also be child abuse. You have the right to be safe from all types of abuse. See the Child Abuse Fact Sheet for more information.
Domestic violence is unacceptable. If you see it occur or are a victim of it, you should report it. Everyone has a right to be safe from any type of violence.
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger of being hurt, call the Police immediately on 000.
If you feel unsafe or are in danger you should also call the 24 Hours Child Abuse Report Line on 131 478. This is provided by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, who deal with the care and protection of young people.
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.
If you call the Police or the Child Abuse Report Line, information you give is kept confidential – the person who is causing the violence will not be told that you have contacted the authorities. The Police or the authorities may investigate what is happening. If they are worried about your safety, a court order can be made preventing the person from hurting you, such as an Intervention Order.
Call 1300 782 200
You can call this is crisis response service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can provide a telephone assessment and referral service for people escaping domestic violence.
(National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service)
Call 1800 737 732 or visit
They provide 24 hour counselling, support and referral for anyone whose life has been impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence.
They provide online information, resources, help & advice on issues of domestic violence.
This is a website designed specifically for children and young people on issues of domestic violence.
If you’re under 25 and have some questions about reporting domestic violence, you can get help here. We won’t tell anyone, including your parents or other members of your family.
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