Abuse and violence
No one should have to endure an abusive relationship. Whether it's physical violence, emotional abuse, neglect, or something else, there is help available. Read about the types of abuse, how to spot an abusive relationship, and where you can get help.
What is emotional abuse?
Emotional abuse is one of the types of abuse that you can experience in an abusive relationship.
What is physical abuse?
Physical abuse in a relationship often starts gradually, such as with a push or a slap, and then becomes progressively worse over time.
What is child abuse?
The effects of abuse on a child are serious and long-lasting. No matter when the abuse has occurred, you can get help and support.
Signs of an abusive relationship
It’s not always obvious that you’re in an abusive relationship. Learn some of the key signs to look for.
What is sexual assault?
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, remember it’s not your fault and it’s never okay for someone to force you to do something you are uncomfortable with.
What is sexual harassment?
‘Sexual harassment’ is any form of unwelcome sexual behaviour that’s offensive, humiliating or intimidating.
Surviving sexual abuse
Read the story of a survivor; how one young person refused to let their history of sexual abuse determine their future.
Grace Tame on how sexual assault survivors can share their story with people they trust
Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year, explains what sexual assault survivors can do if they want to share their story safely and constructively.
Domestic violence and what you can do about it
Domestic violence, or ‘intimate partner violence’, is violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour in a relationship.
Domestic violence support
If you’re experiencing domestic violence, there are services available to help you regardless of where you live in Australia.
Dealing with your own violent behaviour
If you’re being violent, there are things you can do to understand and stop your destructive behaviour.
Real stories: Abusive relationships
Based on real events, this audio story follows Shaia, Nena and Adem, as they recall how they made their way through abusive relationships to get the help they deserved.
A story of moving on after abusive relationships
Read how one young woman moved on to a positive relationship after two abusive ones.
Everything you need to know about sexual assault
Click here to learn about sexual assault, how trauma can affect your life, and how you can get support during tough times.
6 tips for supporting a friend who's been sexually assaulted
It can be confronting when a friend tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted. Not sure what to do? Here’s how best to support them and yourself.
If you're a male survivor of sexual assault, here are some things you should know
Check out our article on how harmful sexual assault is for men, and how they can heal from their traumatic experience.
What to do if you want to take action against someone who sexually assaulted you
If you have been sexually assaulted or abused, and want to take action against your perpetrator or seek justice for what happened, here are some options to consider.
What to do if you've realised a past experience was sexual assault
This article can help you work out if a past experience was sexual assault, how to come to terms with this realisation, and what steps you can take next.