Sexual assault, domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, cultural background, gender or physical ability. There are some groups in the community that are more at risk than others of experiencing violence or abuse. It's important to keep these risks in mind when supporting anyone, whether they have disclosed violence or not.
In addition, some people face greater barriers to accessing services because of their particular circumstances. Those who face greatest barriers include:
It is essential to understand the unique barriers and risks faced by some groups of people when providing support. Certain factors, such as forced marriage and living in a recently disaster affected area, can also put people at a higher risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.
The content in this section will assist professionals in providing inclusive practice when supporting these diverse groups of people.