If you are experiencing domestic violence, it’s important to seek help as early as possible.
For many people who experience domestic violence, the most important first step is to find safe housing, including for any children involved. The police should be contacted and ongoing legal protection such as an apprehended violence order (AVO) may be needed. Some people may need financial assistance to establish a new home in safety.
Both victims and perpetrators require support and assistance to recover, and may have mental health issues that need to be addressed. Types of therapy for people recovering from domestic violence may include supportive therapy, self-esteem building, self-empowerment techniques and trauma therapy.
If you are currently experiencing domestic violence or feel unsafe in an intimate or family relationship, 24 hour assistance is available on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), which is the National Sexual Assault Domestic & Family Violence Counselling Service. Or you can go to www.1800respect.org.au.
If you are in immediate danger, call the police on triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: April 2015