- Last updated:
- 25 Mar 2020
Domestic and family violence is a crime. Domestic violence is when there is violent, abusive or bullying behaviour or actions towards a partner or former partner to scare or control them. It can happen at home or outside the home. Family violence can also include abuse that occurs in the community between siblings, parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Abusive behaviour is not always physical. It can be emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological, technology based or other controlling and threatening behaviours that cause the person being abused to be fearful.
Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone. It happens in every community, in all cultures, to young and old. Nobody deserves violence and you have a right to be safe.
How to do something
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, there are three ways that you can help, depending on the situation.
- Talk to the victim
- Provide resources and help them take action
- In an emergency, call triple zero (000).
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This service is open 24 hours and provides confidential advice. In an emergency, call the Police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the Police.
Visit the Queensland Government for more information about what you can do about domestic and family violence and to search for support services in your local area.