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, sometimes called family violence, is when someone close to you threatens you or does something to harm you. Domestic violence is not just physical violence.
There are a lot of ways domestic violence can happen, some common examples include:
Domestic violence can include:
This person can be someone in your family or can be your boyfriend or girlfriend, someone living with you, a relative, a parent or carer, or even your parent’s partner.
Domestic violence can happen to you, or to 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 exposed to domestic violence, this could 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 and 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 Protection Crisis Line on 131 278. Through the Department of Human Services, they can deal with the care and protection of young people affected by Domestic Violence. You can also call one of their regional numbers below.
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 Crisis Hotline, 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 a Family Violence Intervention Order.
(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.
Call 13 12 78 or visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/children,-families-and-young-people
The Child Protection Crisis Line is an after-hours line that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can also call one of the Regional Crisis Line below between 9am to 5pm:
South-western 1800 075 599
Western 1800 000 551
North-western 1800 675 598
North-eastern 1800 650 227
Eastern and south-eastern 1800 020 202
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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