What is Domestic Violence?
It can be:
- Hitting, shoving, hair pulling
- Threats to hurt
- Putdowns, humiliation
- Isolation from family and friends
- Expected to live with little or no money
- Forced sex
- Accusing you of sleeping around
- Checking up on you or following you
- Threatening or harming pets
...which makes you and your children feel:
- Physically hurt
- Always frightened
- "Like walking on eggshells"
- Can't trust others
It can still go on even after she leaves... in fact often women and children are more at risk for some time immediately after separation.
What can you say to a friend?
- Friends and family are often concerned when they know or suspect that someone they love is in a violent relationship.
Remember:Encourage, don't lecture. Assure her that she deserves to be treated with respect.
- Challenge her feelings of worthlessness and helplessness ~ there are things that she can do to help herself and her children
- The violence is never her fault ~ no-one asks to be frightened or abused ~ and she is not responsible for stopping the violence
- Physical violence and rape or sexual assault is a crime.
If you or someone you know is being abused...
- For the Port Lincoln region (see map on homepage) contact Yarredi Services, or
- Check local phone directories to contact your nearest domestic violence or other support service
- If someone is in immediate or imminent danger contact the police emergency line on 000
If you know or suspect that children are being abused ~ contact the Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 73
If you witness abuse against a child report the matter immediately to police.