Abuse and Violence

Anxiety and Depression is highly likely to be experienced by the victims of abuse.

This can be in many forms, such as physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional or financial abuse and sibling abuse to name a few.

Dealing with the aftermath of alcohol or substance abuse is also a trigger for anxiety or depression whether the abuse is personal or someone close to you.

If you are being subjected to any form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, it’s not your fault and it’s not OK - you need to talk to a crisis line and get to a safe place away from the danger.

If someone is making you feel unsafe, powerless or unsafe, be that physical or emotional you need to seek help.

If you are experiencing physical domestic violence, it’s not your fault, it is the fault of the abuser and they are breaking the law & you need to seek help without delay.

You can contact the National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service on

1800 737 732

If your physical well being is in imminent danger - call the police 000

There are many forms of abuse and violence.

This can take the form of physical harm, smashing things, hurting pets, emotional humiliation, put downs or constantly blaming.

Financial abuse in the form of strict or unfair control of your access to finances.

Verbal abuse like shouting and name calling.

Social abuse like controlling where you go, who you see and who you can talk to.

If you feel unable to be yourself or afraid to disagree or argue your point, then this might be a sign of abuse.

Sustained abuse can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, substance and alcohol abuse or self harm.

If you are a victim - seek help 1800 737 732  (24/7)

If you are under 25 and witnessing or the are the victim of abuse or domestic violence you can call the Kids helpline on 1800 55 1800 to talk to someone who can help

If you are a man concerned about your own violent behaviour, there is support available at Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78