Domestic Violence Line 1800 737 732 or 1800 RESPECT 24 hrs
LifeLine 13 11 14
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000
Everyone has the right to be safe.
Domestic and family violence is a crime. Nobody deserves violence. Learn how to identify the different types of abuse, and how to keep yourself or someone you know safe.
“Domestic violence is an abuse of power. It is the domination, coercion, intimidation and victimisation of one person by another by physical, sexual or emotional means within intimate relationships.”
What defines domestic violence?
Domestic violence refers to violent behaviour between current or former intimate partners – typically where one partner attempts to exercise power and control over the other, usually done through fear. It can comprise of physical, sexual, emotional, social, verbal, spiritual and economic abuse.
Under Australian law, use of the term “domestic violence” refers exclusively to violence committed by a heterosexual partner and includes physical injury, intimidation or serious harassment, wilful destruction to property, indecent behaviour without consent, or a threat to commit any of these acts
However, from a health perspective, domestic violence can be better understood as a chronic syndrome characterized not only by episodes of physical violence but also by the emotional and psychological abuse that perpetrators use to maintain control over their partners.
What can I do about Domestic Violence if I know it is happening?
If there is an emergency or life threatening situation then call 000 immediately
Contact the numbers above for immediate response to any situation where you feel urgent care and attention is required.
If you are unsure about what is going on and would like clarification around an ongoing situation, then speak to your Counsellor or Psychologist at Crestpoint Psychology immediately and ask them for help and guidance regarding your concerns. They can offer strategies and help with making changes regarding the situation and how this impacts your everyday living.