Domestic and Family Violence factsheet
In Australia, domestic and family violence is not accepted
Domestic and family violence are crimes against the law.
A person who commits these crimes can go to jail, whether they are a man or a woman.
The Australian Government does not tolerate domestic and family violence under any circumstances
Domestic and family violence includes behaviour or threats that aim to control a male or female partner by causing fear or threatening their safety. Domestic and family violence can include:
- denying essential money to the partner or family;
- isolating the partner from friends and family;
- insulting or constantly criticising the partner; and
- threatening children or pets.
Women have the same rights as men
Australian laws treat women and men equally.
Everyone has the right to live free from violence, in a happy relationship and community.
Women do not have to accept being treated badly or harmed.
There are culturally sensitive services in Australia that can help
1800 RESPECT is Australia’s National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling service. It provides free, confidential telephone and online counselling and information. Counsellors will listen to you, answer questions and can refer you to other support services in your local area.
Do you need an interpreter?
Call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for free on 131 450. TIS can help you to communicate with other services. TIS does not provide counselling.