Recognise Respond Refer
We are not alone. Friends, work colleagues, our community can help.
Domestic violence affects millions of people in communities around the world and is an unacceptable form of abuse. It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, verbal and emotional.
Think about the 3 R's approach; Recognise, Respond, Refer.
Recognising domestic violence can be difficult and often survivors feel ashamed or trapped by their abuser. However, it’s important to remember that anyone who experiences domestic violence has the right to seek help.
If you are worried someone might be a victim of domestic violence then the best thing to do is respond with kindness and compassion. Let them know they have your support and listen carefully to what they say without judgment. Reassure them that domestic violence is never acceptable and encourage them to look for professional help if needed.
Referring domestic violence victims to support services is an important step. There are many domestic violence support services available, such as helplines, counsellors and domestic abuse charities. These can offer advice and guidance on how to safely leave an abusive situation and may be able to refer people onto other specialist services.
Domestic violence can have devastating consequences but with the right help and support it is possible for survivors to rebuild their lives. By recognising domestic violence, responding with kindness, and referring survivors to appropriate support services we can all make a difference.
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By 2030, our community will practice safe, respectful relationships
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1 In 3
Australian women have experienced physical violance from a current or former partner.
1 In 4
Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
1 In 5
Australian women have experienced sexual violence
We believe that all members of a personal relationship have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Diversity of opinion, experience and belief brings a richness to all relationships.
We believe that mutual respect is the cornerstone of all safe respectful relationships. Mutual respect stems from healthy self-respect and dedication to constructive resolution of conflicts.
We believe that an informed community can collaborate to fully understand the impacts of gender-based violence and be motivated to support victims and perpetrators.
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