16 Days in WA
09 DEC 2020
What is Domestic and Family Violence?
Domestic and family violence can affect anyone in the community – regardless of gender, age, location, socio-economic and health status, culture, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity or religion. The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 recognises that while both men and women can be perpetrators and victims of domestic and family violence, the overwhelming majority of such violence in Australia is perpetrated by men against women.
It might not be easy to identify domestic violence at first. While some relationships are clearly abusive from the outset, abuse often starts subtly and gets worse over time. Abuse can take place through control of finances, through limiting access to technology or through stalking. You can find further information on the types of family and domestic violence on the Lifeline website.
Domestic and Family Violence in Western Australia
Family and domestic violence is a significant issue in Western Australia and the following facts and statistics give a concerning overview of how much of an impact it has on so many families in our state.
If you are interested in further statistics and research on the subject of family and domestic violence, please see here.
What should you do if you or somebody you know is experiencing Family and Domestic Violence?
If you are concerned about a family member or friend, be confident in asking if everything is okay and if they are safe at home. Make sure that you ask them in a place where they feel safe and listen to their answer without judgement.
Lifeline has created a useful toolkit to help you prepare for what might come up in this conversation. It also highlights what you yourself may have been feeling or thinking as a result of an abusive relationship.
It is essential that we, as a community, use this time to challenge gender-based violence and support those who may be affected by it.
If you are interested in hearing more about how you can get involved with 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women then please see here.
If you need to refer someone to a service, or need to access a service yourself, please see here for information on resources available in Western Australia.
If you are in danger now, call 000.
If you need help with an exit plan or are in crisis please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For Family Violence Counselling, please call free 1800 RESPECT
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