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  • Physical abuse

    24th June, 2019 | by

    Physical Abuse / Physical Violence

    Physical abuse is a form of domestic and family violence. It is also known as physical violence. It is one of many types of domestic violence, possibly the most well known.


    Understanding physical abuse / physical violence

    This video explains Physical Abuse / Physical Violence (Video duration: 2.53)


    What is physical abuse / physical violence?

    Physical violence and abuse happens when a person uses physical force against another person. It can include direct assaults on the body using objects or weapons; assault on children, assault of pets, being denied access to your home, deprivation of sleep or food. Physical violence and abuse can start slowly and inconspicuously, for example with throwing an object or a slap, and get more intense or worse over time.


    Signs of physical abuse / physical violence

    A person can experience many different types of abuse that are physical. These include:

    • shaking, slapping, pushing, punching or scratching
    • kicking
    • spitting or biting
    • trying to strangle or choke
    • using weapons
    • driving dangerously
    • destroying property and throwing things
    • abuse of children or pets
    • locking someone out of their house or in the house
    • sleep and food deprivation
    • forced feeding
    • physical restraint e.g. pinning against the wall or bed.

    Abusive relationships move through a cycle of violence. The cycle of violence includes periods of tension, then physical violence and abuse, followed by a calm period where the abuser is sorry, promises never to do it again, promises to get help, is on their best behaviour, even buying their partner gifts. But this doesn’t last. It is followed by tension, then physical violence and abuse, then calm and it continues on. This can make it difficult to leave a physically abusive relationship.

    Learn more about the other types of abuse.


    What to do if you are experiencing physical violence

    If you are in an abusive relationship or need to talk to someone, please call us:

    Womensline 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7.

    Mensline 1800 600 636, between 9am – midnight, 7 days.

  • Signs of an abusive relationship

    24th June, 2019 | by

    Signs of an abusive relationship

    Signs of an abusive relationship are not always easy to see. It is not always easy to identify if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, or is in an abusive relationship. Violence and abuse are experienced in many different ways. Violence and abuse can include emotional abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse.

    Read more about the different types of abuse.


    The Signs

    Jealousy, possessiveness, put downs, threats and violence!

    Below are signs of an abusive relationship. These behaviours are typical of the jealousy, possessiveness, put downs, threats and violence that occur in domestic violence and abusive relationships. Someone may be experiencing an abusive relationship if the below are occurring. 

    • unfairly and regularly accuses her of flirting or being unfaithful
    • controls how she spends money
    • decides what she wears or eats
    • humiliates her in front of other people
    • monitors what she is doing, including reading her emails and text messages
    • discourages or prevents her from seeing friends and family
    • threatens to hurt her, the children or pets
    • physically assaults her (hitting, biting, slapping, kicking, pushing)
    • yells at her
    • threatens to use a weapon against her
    • constantly compares her with other people
    • constantly criticises her intelligence, mental health and appearance
    • prevents her from practicing her religion.


    How to support someone you know

    If someone you love, care or are concerned about is in an abusive relationship, please call us at DVConnect. We can help prepare with how to approach the person, if appropriate and many more techniques, including helping them create a Safety Plan. Call our Womensline 1800 811 811, anytime 24/7. Call Mensline 1800 600 636, between 9am – midnight, 7 days. The below are some ways you can support someone you know who has told you they are experiencing or have experienced violence:

    • believe the person
    • make sure they understand it is not their fault
    • listen without judging
    • be supportive, encouraging, open and honest
    • ask if they need help from DVConnect and discuss their options
    • offer to go with the person if they meet with a support service
    • keep in touch with the person to see how they are going.


    What to do if you are in an abusive relationship

    If you are in a relationship where domestic and family violence may be occurring, please call us at DVConnect. We are here to listen and provide you with the options available to you. We can help you with a Safety Plan to prepare you to leave, or to keep you safe until you decide you are ready to leave. When you are ready, we can provide you with emergency transport, emergency accommodation and crisis counselling. You can call anonymously.

    Call Womensline 1800 811 811, anytime 24/7.

    Call Mensline 1800 600 636, between 9am – midnight, 7 days.

Thank you DVConnect for saving my Mums life, and mine. You guys getting us out of there changed everything. Thank you so much. Life is good now! 

Our survivor has chosen to remain anonymous.

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