Domestic Violence - Counselling Newsletter

Domestic Violence - Counselling Newsletter

Published: 2 July 2018

Domestic violence, which is also known as intimate partner violence, is a form of violence that can occur within any relationship. There are many different types of domestic violence, including social, physical and emotional. Finding out how you can keep yourself safe and organisations that can help you are important steps.

This can help if you are in an abusive relationship, don’t know what to do about it, don’t know where to go, don’t know what your rights are or you need to know where to get help.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, happens in many forms including physical, emotional and economic violence, and can affect people of any age. It does not have to be within the home to be classified as domestic violence. It is a form of violence that can occur within any relationship (family or intimate partner). Domestic violence is about power and control and there are many ways this control can be expressed. If someone is hurting you it can be very scary and it may be hard to know how you can stop it. It is important to remember that no one has the right to be violent towards you and there are people out there who can help.

Types of intimate partner violence:

  • Physical - If someone is hurting you, or threatening to hurt you, a loved one or a pet, then you will need to take some action.
  • Emotional - This form of violence is often unrecognised and can be very hurtful.
  • Economic - Having money and being able to make decisions about it, is one means of being independent. If someone is controlling your money, keeping you financially dependent, or making you ask for money unreasonably, then this is a form of violence.
  • Social – Social violence occurs in relationships that often include other forms of violence. If someone is insulting you or teasing you in front of other people, keeping you isolated from family and friends, controlling what you do and where you go, then they are being violent and you may need to take some action.
  • Spiritual - This type of violence involves a situation where you are not allowed to have your own opinions about religion, cultural beliefs, and values, or your spirituality is manipulated to keep you feeling powerless.

How can I keep myself safe?

At times we underestimate the amount of danger we are in, either because we don't realise or don't understand how dangerous a situation is. Part of an abuser’s control can be minimising the seriousness of what they are doing. Being safe is important and there are things you can do to ensure your safety. Sometimes it is hard to work out the danger or risks.

Steps to ensure your safety:

The following five steps may help;

  • Is there immediate danger? How likely is it that someone will hurt you? If necessary, you may have to move to somewhere safe.
  • Do you have support? Making a decision to leave a situation where you feel unsafe may be hard and scary. If possible, talk to someone you trust, like a friend, counsellor or youth worker.
  • Talk to the police: If you feel unsafe the police are good people to talk to. If you or someone you know has been hurt, the police will be able to help.
  • Believe in yourself: If someone is hurting you or threatening to, it can be hard to maintain your self-confidence. Remember it is never okay for someone to hurt or threaten to hurt you.
  • Know your rights: It may be a good idea to check out your legal rights. Laws vary from state to state.

Helpful Organisations

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000 immediately. Help is available from many services in Australia.

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line (1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732) is a free telephone and online confidential service for any Australian experiencing or who has experienced domestic or family violence and/or sexual assault. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a translating and interpreting service call 13 14 50 and ask them to contact 1800 RESPECT

Domestic Violence Line - NSW
1800 65 64 63
http://www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au/home

Extract from Reach Out: http://au.reachout.com/what-is-domestic-violence#helpful