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Domestic abuse is any behaviour that aims to dominate or maintain control over a partner, spouse, family member or girlfriend/boyfriend. The abuse may be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or financial in nature. You may feel controlled, threatened, coerced or demeaned.
One in three women and one in three men have experienced abuse or domestic violence. You might be afraid of reaching out for support. However, there are people who are equipped and willing to help you. Consider reaching out to any of the 11 hotlines in Australia who with abuse and domestic violence if you are experiencing these signs:
Experiencing a wide range of emotions is perfectly normal for victims of abuse and domestic violence. Doubting the clarity of your mind or your ability to understand what’s happening is also a common consequence of the abuse you have experienced.
You might feel insecure and unsure what the right thing to do in your situation is. Fortunately, there are professionals and volunteers in Australia who have experience helping domestic violence and abuse victims. They could help you find your way towards a better life.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experiences of abuse or domestic violence, you can contact a hotline in Australia for free and confidential support.