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Family violence is when a family member makes you feel unsafe and afraid. Violence includes not only physical abuse but also:

  • threats to yourself, someone close to you, your pet or your property
  • forcing you to have sex
  • calling you names or restricting you from social interaction
  • controlling your money

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Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria - Help and advice

Are you being hurt by someone who is supposed to care about you? Did you experience abuse as a child? This information can help.


Lawstuff - Domestic violence

Domestic violence, sometimes called family violence, is against the law. You have the right to feel safe at home and you should never have to see or experience it. It is okay to complain and to talk to someone.


The Law Handbook - Family violence

Victims of family violence can seek protection via an intervention order. Police can also seek intervention orders without a victim’s consent. Orders can prohibit a variety of actions by a perpetrator. Injunctions or restraining orders also have a role to play. Refuges, halfway houses and Centrelink can all help protect victims.


Victoria Legal Aid - Family violence intervention orders

A family violence intervention order protects a person from a family member who is using family violence.

Family violence is behaviour between family members that causes fear. It includes emotional and financial abuse, as well as physical violence and sexual abuse.


Victoria Legal Aid - Get help with family violence

Call Victoria Legal Aid for free information about family violence intervention orders and how we can help you with your legal problem.

Phone 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

If you need an interpreter let us know.


Youth Central - Family

If you or someone you know need someone to talk to, for any reason, about anything, you can visit eHeadspace, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.