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Violence and abuse

  • Violence and abuse can happen in any kind of relationship. They are never OK.
  • These pages include information on sexual, domestic and family violence
  • There are also pages about the particular types of abuse that might be involved
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat

Understanding violence and abuse

Sexual, domestic and family violence can happen to anyone — that is, a person from any country, religion, sexuality, gender, social background or culture.

It can also happen in any relationship, including with:

  • Boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, husbands or wives
  • Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, ex-husbands or ex-wives
  • Carers and paid support workers
  • Parents, guardians and other family members
  • Adult children
  • Other people you live with or see often, whether inside or outside the place you live

No matter what your relationship to someone is, sexual, domestic and family violence are never OK.

On these pages you will find information about sexual, domestic and family violence and the particular types of abuse that might be involved. You will also find information on how to support someone experiencing violence, as well as options for professional support and increasing safety.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat.