What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur within intimate relationships and take place in domestic settings. It is a form of violence that can occur with-in any relationship (family or intimate partner).
Domestic violence is about power and control and there are many ways this control can be exerted. It includes physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse; social and economic deprivation.
Domestic Violence in Australia
· One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
· One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner
· Women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.
· Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.
Our Support Group
The Mental Health Foundation Australia (Victoria) is facilitating a monthly support group for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence and the accompanying mental health issues that arise as a result.
Domestic violence is a known cause of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. This group will support the survivors' mental health and help in enhancing self-confidence, positive self-esteem and building resilience.
The Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group Facilitator will be responsible for:
· Operating a peer support group that respects member confidentiality, opinion and experiences.
· Developing collaborative, productive and supportive relationships with support group members that meet their mental health needs.
· Utilizing the group as a source of knowledge, mutual aid and referral.
· Promotion of the group and accepting responsibility for growth of the support group.
If you would like to be involved, please call our office on 03 9826 1422 for details surrounding times and dates of the support group.
1800 015 188
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre is the state-wide family violence response for women and children experiencing violence.
Safe Steps services include:
- 24/7 family violence response line
- Risk assessment
- Emergency accommodation
- Safety Planning
1800 737 732
1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. It is a confidential online and telephone counselling, information and referral service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.