Don’t let what has happened define you, but learn from it to make you stronger and wiser in the long run.
Since age 15:
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous partner.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous partner.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have been sexually assaulted and/or threatened.
Women are at greater risk of family, domestic and sexual violence.
Men are more likely to experience violence from strangers and in a public place; women are most likely to know the perpetrator (often their current or a previous partner) and the violence usually takes place in their home.
Some groups of people are at greater risk of family, domestic and sexual violence, particularly Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women separating from their partners, women with disability and women experiencing financial hardship. Women and men who experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence as children (before the age of 15) are also at increased risk.
Children can experience family violence as a witness and/or a victim. More than two-thirds (68%) of mothers who had children in their care when they experienced violence from their previous partner said their children had seen or heard the violence (ABS 2017b).
Elvis speaking about how Sleep at the ’G is Melbourne chance to do something about people forced into homelessness! Can you imagine being a teenager impacted by domestic violence, with no safe place to call home? Being homeless is traumatic – and often dangerous.
Homelessness, is the reality for over 6,000 young people in Victoria right now. They have no secure place of their own, and are often forced into unsafe housing, a friends couch – or in some cases, out on the street. In Melbourne, one of the world’s most livable cities, we know you’ll agree this is not okay.
Most families have arguments and family members sometimes don’t get along. This is normal, but if an adult in your family is hurting, humiliating, threatening or frightening other people in your family then this could be domestic violence.
If you’re a child or young person living in a house where there is domestic violence, remember: Don’t put yourself in any danger to try and protect someone else.It’s not your fault. The only person who can be blamed for the violence is the person who is being violent. You are not alone–there are people who can help you.