Family Violence is an important health and welfare issue in Australia and in our community. During this current virus pandemic, there is a likelihood of increased levels of such violence, given that family members are thrown closer together over an extended period of time, when they might otherwise be able to remove themselves from a stressful situation. Increased alcohol consumption is also a concern as many adults lose their jobs and income and become anxious and stressed.
Family Violence includes behaviour that is abusive, threatening, controlling or dominating and causes someone to fear for their safety or the safety of a family member.
Abuse within families also includes causing a child to hear or witness violent, abusive or threatening behaviour, failing to provide a child with the essentials for their wellbeing, or failing to act in a situation which may result in serious harm to the child. This includes inattention, exposure to criminal behaviour, failure to obtain medical treatment if needed, and when a parent leaves a child without proper supervision for more than a reasonable period.
If you need help, please contact the Police on 000 in an emergency, or on 131 444.
There is also the Family Violence Referral Line on 1800 633 937, and Kids’ Helpline on 1800 551 800 if you need someone to talk to.