What you can do to assist someone experiencing Family Violence
When supporting someone experiencing family violence the best thing you can do is encourage them to contact the family violence agency. Specialist family violence agencies provide case management, safety planning, and access to safe accommodation, emergency funds and counselling. Assisting someone experiencing family violence can be as simple as giving them a phone number and access to a safe space to make the call.
Things to remember
- Violence is never the fault of those affected
- It can never be excused because of drugs, alcohol, stress or mental health conditions
- Family Violence is not caused by random acts of anger, it is a choice for an individual to exert power or control over others.
Many people experiencing violence may not recognise it as violence. Some forms of violence are not physical and can be difficult to identify. For many women it can be a long process for them to choose to seek assistance and engage with services. Letting women know that there is always a safe space for them to make a phone call even if it is not right now, is still an effective way to assist those experiencing violence.
Women leaving or who have recently left their relationships are at increased risk of harm. Specialist services are experienced in assisting someone who is concerned for their safety, or their children’s safety.