Abuse in adult relationships
Learn about the different forms of abuse in relationships and where to ...
The perpetrator (abuser) uses violence to control and dominate the other person. This causes psychological harm, fear, and/or physical harm.
Partner abuse can include:
If you are in an abusive relationship, it’s important to have a safety plan. Here are some things you will need to do:
Contact 1800 RESPECT or another domestic violence support service in your state/territory for safety planning support
Organise transport in advance, such as a lift from a friend or a taxi booked in a different name
Have a safe place to go to, such as a family member’s house
Ask a neighbour to call the police if they hear fighting
Pack a bag of essentials (medications, important docs, access to money) and leave it somewhere safe where it can’t be accidentally found, such as a friend’s house
Plan to change the passwords on your social media & email accounts, and change the phone itself, as soon as you have left and are safe
Setup a bank account and ‘burner’ phone the abuser doesn’t know about, in advance
Suspend My Health Record (as this can be used to track you)
If you are receiving financial support from Centrelink, setup a password on the account that only you know
Turn off GPS in your phone and anything that tracks location, e.g. Google accounts, Find My Phone
Keep evidence/a record of abuse in safe place, such as through a GP or SmartSafe+ app
Here’s a list of some people you could try talking to. Remember, if at first you don’t get help, keep trying until you find somebody who will help you.
Most professional intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence (DV) supports won’t judge you, and want to work with you to help you safety plan.
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