Leaving an abusive relationship is the most unsafe time for you.
Never underestimate the risk.
Domestic and/or family violence is any pattern of abusive behaviour that one person uses to establish and maintain control over another. It can take many forms including, but not limited to:
Domestic and/or family violence can occur within all relationships of a personal nature including heterosexual, same sex, marital, de facto, ex-relationships, and extended families. It can also occur between family members.
Domestic and/or family violence is predominantly driven by gender-based oppression and inequality. The majority of perpetrators are men, and women and children are predominantly the victim/survivors.
For support and referral to a family violence service in Victoria, please call Safe Steps (the Victorian 24/7 family violence response service) on 1800 015 188 or visit their website by clicking here.
Remember that leaving an abusive relationship, or planning to leave, is the most unsafe time for you. Never underestimate the risk.
For other locations in Australia, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit their website for online support.