1. Family Violence

    Family Violence

    Family violence is when someone in the family tries to control, hurt or manipulate others. It includes any behaviour that causes physical, sexual or emotional damage, or causes someone to live in fear or a state of high anxiety.

    Violence may be perpetrated by a parent or young person and the violent person may not be abusive all the time. In fact abusive people can also be loving and kind some of the time, although this does not excuse their behaviour or actions. Abusive people may want to control others to minimise their own feelings of stress, anger, fear or anxiety. Stressors such as drugs, alcohol, unemployment and financial difficulties can cause anxiety for families, but should not be seen as the causes of violence.

    Often victims may be wondering if there is something that they are doing to worsen the situation and thereby blame themselves. This can lead to the victim taking responsibility for the violent person’s behaviour.

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    Services/programs

      Family Violence

    • Family Violence Counselling

      Provides specialised individual or family counselling for victim/ survivors of family violence or...

      Eligibility: Women and children who experienced or witnessed family violence currently, recently or...

      Provided by: Windermere

      Referral by: - Anyone - case managers, service providers, self...

    • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

      InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is a statewide service which provides...

      Contact: 03 9413 6500

      Provided by: InTouch Multicultural Centre...

    • Relationships Australia Victoria and Family Relationships Centre

      We are active in the area of family relationship services through Family Relationship Centres...

      Eligibility: Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of their religion, age, gender,...

      Contact: 03 8768 4111 Berwick, 03 5990 1900...

      Provided by: Relationships Australia Victoria