Family violence is an important health and welfare issue in Australia and in our community. It is abuse that happens within a family or household and includes behaviour that is physically, sexually or emotionally abusive; threatening, controlling or dominating; and causes someone to fear for their safety or the safety of a family member.
It includes intentionally threatening to damage property, to deprive a person of their freedom or money, to cause injury or death to an animal to control family members.
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; failing to act in a situation which may result in serious harm to the child. This includes inattention; exposure to criminal behaviour; failure to provide an education or obtain medical treatment if needed; and when a parent leaves a child without proper supervision for more than a reasonable period.
Let’s look out for one another and keep families and children safe in our community.
Living free from violence is everyone’s right – Taking action to prevent it is everyone’s responsibility
Family Violence Referral Line 1800 633 937
Kids’ Helpline 1800 551 800