When is someone at risk?
Family violence occurs in many forms, and is often subtle and gradual. It is important to remember that the violence is never your fault: it is a choice made by the perpetrator to exert power and control over you.
The Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre has a quick checklist that can determine whether you (or someone you know) is at risk of family violence.
While family violence can occur to any person at any time, there are certain factors that increase the likelihood and severity of family violence. These include (but are not limited to):
- Pregnancy and new birth – Family violence often starts or gets worse during pregnancy and is associated with increased rates of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth, foetal injury and foetal death. Family violence during pregnancy is a significant indicator of future harm to the woman and her child.
- Leaving the relationship – Ending a relationship with an abusive partner can sometimes increase risk, particularly within the first few months. It is extremely important to have a safety plan (link to safety plan page) in place, even once you have left an abusive relationship.
- Threats to kill – Evidence suggests that a perpetrator’s threat to kill is often genuine, and can predict continued, often worsening abuse.
- Non-lethal strangulation – Research indicates choking/strangulation is a key risk factor for future, more severe family violence and an increased risk factor for intimate partner homicide.
MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
Although our understanding of family violence has come a long way, there are many common misconceptions and myths, often communicated as fact. These need to be challenged if we are to prevent violence against women and children and achieve gender equity in society.
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SAFE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology is a big part of our everyday lives and is widely used to source information and communicate with others. We all have a right to use technology without fear of abuse, but we recommend women experiencing family violence be cautious and mindful of their safety when using technology.
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Sally* is a 25 year old woman from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background. She is married with two young children and was living in Australia on a spousal visa with her husband, who is from the same cultural background.
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If you (or someone you know) is experiencing or at risk of family violence:
If you are in immediate danger call 000
Contact EDVOS on 03 9259 4200 between 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday
Tell someone you can trust – family, friends, neighbours or your doctor