Call 1800 010 120 between 7.30am - 11.30pm, 7 days

Are you concerned about a friend or family member?

In a respectful partnership, arguments or disagreements will occur, but both partners feel free to state their opinions, make their own decisions and feel safe to say no to sex.

In an abusive relationship, one partner controls the other through physical harm, criticisms, demands, threats, or sexual pressure.

The following are some signs that might alert you that someone you know may be affected by domestic and family violence:

  • You notice changes in her or her children’s behaviour. She appears frightened or anxious.
  • She seems afraid or nervous around her partner, or needs to constantly ‘keep the peace’.
  • She may have unlikely injuries or bruises or is often ‘not well’ or having ‘silly’ accidents.
  • She may miss work or cancel arrangements with short notice or vague excuses
  • Her partner controls all aspects of her life: – finances, friends, work and social life.
  • Her partner may also be overly possessive or jealous
  • Her children seem fearful or on edge in his company or at the mention of his name.

It can be hard to know what to do for the best, and often people are reticent to bring up what is often thought to be a very ‘private, family or intimate’ matter.

For specialist advice before approaching your friend or family member we encourage you to call Sexual Assault Line.

Call 1800 010 120

Counsellors are available from 7:30am until 11:30pm, Monday to Friday

I wish to sincerely thank you and the entire DVConnect team for their past and present assistance during these past few years of family turmoil. Without such a wonderful service it would be that much harder for women and children.

Jenny, Northgate Brisbane

We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped domestic violence, until they set up a permanent home.
  • Provide more specialist counselling to those who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
  • Educate the community about how we can help them, or someone they love, escape a domestically abusive relationship.