Staying safe in an abusive home
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Family violence refers to violence, abuse and intimidation in families. It’s sometimes referred to by other names, like domestic violence.
It might involve witnessing abuse between adult partners, or experiencing abuse towards family members including children (and even pets).
The types of abuse can include:
Friends often confide in each other about things that are going on in their life. If your friend tells you they are experiencing violence or abuse at home, or you have noticed signs that make you concerned for them, here’s how you can talk about it:
Let them know you are worried
Ask questions, e.g. “What are things like at home?”
Listen and let them talk at their own pace
Let them know you are there for them
Show empathy, e.g. “It must be hard to experience that.”
Don’t push them to say more than they feel ready to
Don’t make them do anything they’re not ready to
Encourage them to seek professional support (you can do this together)
It’s important to tell a trusted adult like a parent, teacher, school counsellor or Kids Helpline what’s been happening.
Sometimes, your friend might already have supports or might be willing to get support themselves, which is really great! You can even help them tell someone they trust by going with them for ‘moral support’.
You can also talk to Kids Helpline confidentially (and anonymously) if you want support around the best ways to support a friend who is experiencing family abuse.
Child Protection services vary state by state.
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