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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects individuals in intimate relationships or family settings. It involves patterns of abusive behaviour that can encompass physical, emotional, and psychological harm. 

Taking the First Step:

If you or someone you know is experiencing extended periods of feeling downhearted and blue due to domestic violence, seeking help is essential. 

What Domestic Violence Looks Like:  

Domestic violence manifests in various forms, including physical assaults, emotional manipulation, threats, and controlling behaviour. Victims often experience fear, isolation, and a loss of autonomy. 

How to Help Address Domestic Violence:

Engaging with professionals who are removed from the situation can provide valuable insights into addressing domestic violence. Therapeutic interventions focus on challenging harmful attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours associated with the perpetrator. 

Understanding the Complexity of Perpetrator Behaviour:  

Addressing domestic violence requires a nuanced approach that separates the behaviour from the individual. The Duluth Model is a widely used way of looking at Domestic Violence and identifies how domestic Violence involves a number of parts to it, not just the physical “violence”. 

Is it a crime? YES!

Examples of criminal offences that occur in family and domestic violence situations include assault, sexual assault, making threats about a person’s physical safety, stalking, damage or stealing of property and breaching Restraining Orders.

Ring 000 if you feel you are in danger.

For information about:

“We have payments and services to help you if you are experiencing family or domestic violence.”

The WA Police on their webpage have information about:

  • How to report family violence
  • How can police help?
  • What is a Police Order?
  • Do you need a Restraining Order?

As the Police say: “The most important thing you can do is to get help! 

You need information and support to make yourself safe and end the abuse.

Anger Management vs Domestic Violence 

Anger management is about learning to express your disagreement, frustration, etc., in a socially acceptable way. It can also be about working out if your anger is really justified. Learning to use a better way to respond to something you don’t like can be another part of learning to manage anger. In the case of intimate relationships, this can also be about creating a situation where both parties feel safe to express disagreements, disappointments and the like without fear of physical or emotional violence. 


For those interested a link to the Irish Man Up campaign.

You may be interested in this video from the Mayor of London “Have a word


Ring 000 if you feel you are in danger.

  • Dial 131444 for Police assistance 
  • 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: a national telephone and online counselling and referral service. Phone: 1800 737 732. 
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides telephone information and referrals for men who are concerned about their violent and abusive behaviours and for male victims of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. 
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. Phone: 1800 007 339. 
  • Kids Helpline: provides free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Phone: 1800 55 1800. 
  • National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Phone: 1800 737 732.  


Cycle of Abuse