If I Know Someone who is Living with Abuse & Violence?
If you know someone who is being subject to abuse in their relationships, it may cause you to feel a number of conflicting emotions. Always believe someone who discloses violence in their relationship; it is more likely to be true than false. Assuming that they are lying will place them at greater risk and prevent them from getting appropriate support.
It is important to remember that the most dangerous time for a person, is just after leaving a relationship (if that is what they choose to do). Do not pressure a person into leaving a relationship; if this is their choice, it must be carefully thought through.
The best you can do for someone in a violent relationship is to offer your unconditional and non- judgmental support. Offer to assist them if they ask for your help. You might offer to keep something safe for them, such as their personal documents or a bag of clothes. There is a range of information available on the internet (see the links page) for friends and family of people in abusive relationships. You might also like to come into CRDVS to discuss your experiences and ways to cope.
It is always important to look after your own emotional and physical safety. If you have concerns about a child in a violent relationship, you could contact Department of Child Safety or the Police.