domestic; violence; arguments; fights; abuse; hurt; physical; injury; harm; relationships; differences; disagreements; intimidation; frustration; stress; arguing;
Many families argue at times but domestic violence, or family violence is more than just arguing. It is actions or words that hurt, scare, control, degrade or bully others.
Everyone in the family is harmed by violence. Children are harmed even if they don’t see or hear the violence. The stress of violence can lead to problems with children’s emotions, behaviour, brain development and learning. The impact can last a lifetime.
Family violence hardly ever goes away without help. It often gets worse unless the person using violence changes their thinking and how they behave.
1800RESPECT is a National Australian service to support people experiencing relationship violence.
These pages include information on a range of help and support options for people experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence.
You can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat
More about family violence
To find out more about family violence have a look at the Parent Easy Guide Family violence developed by Parenting SA
Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. (South Australia)
Ph: 08 8303 1660
Parenting SA has many other Parent Easy Guides including - Child abuse.
Needing support? Services in South Australia
Phone 000 if there is immediate danger Phone 131 444 for Police attendance
Child Abuse Report Line
Phone 13 14 78, 24 hours If you are worried a child is being abused or neglected
Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service
Phone 1800 800 098, 24 hours Support for anyone experiencing family violence, including links to accommodation
Department for Child Protection Phone 8124 4185 For information on child protection and reporting abuse
Phone 1300 364 100 Advice on child health and parenting
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
Phone 1300 733 606, 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri for an appointment.
For other Parent Easy Guides including ‘Protecting children from sexual abuse’, ’Family violence’ and ‘Discipline 0-12 years’
Needing support? Services in Australia
1800 RESPECT Phone 1800 737 732, 24 hours National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service Information, support, telephone and web counselling for people experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault
Raising Children Network
Information on raising children
Phone 1800 55 1800 Phone, web or email counselling, resources and activities for children and young people 5 to 25 years
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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