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Types of physical abuse
Physical abuse can include:
Hitting, punching or slapping
Choking or suffocating
Kicking, pushing or pulling
Biting, spitting or shaking
Pinching, scratching or burning
Destroying your property
Threatening to hurt you
Restraining or locking you up
Stopping you from taking your medication
Force feeding or denying you food or sleep
Poisoning or making you feel unwell with drugs or medicine
Throwing items at you or using items to hurt you
If physical abuse or violence is happening to you…
It’s important to remember:
Keeping yourself safe
There are things you can do and services you can talk to who can help keep you safe.
If you’re in immediate danger – Call 000 and ask for Police
Find services – That can help with legal or financial support
Take care of yourself – Seek medical support if needed
Find somewhere safe – During a fight move to a safe space
Remove yourself – Stay with family, friends or seek support from a refuge
Make a safety plan – Have an escape plan ready if you need to leave quickly
Seek specialised support – From services like 1800 RESPECT
Know your rights – Check out the Lawstuff website
Keep a record – Of any incidents including dates and photos of injuries
Talk to someone – Call Kids Helpline or talk to someone you trust
You don’t have to go through this alone
Talking to someone about abuse can be hard - but your safety is important
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