“Change the Story”

Since the age of 15 —–

1 in 5 Australian women have experienced sexual violence

1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence

1 in 4 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner

 

Domestic violence occurs when your partner makes you feel unsafe, afraid or powerless.

This is against the law. Everyone has the right to live without fear.

If you are in a violent relationship, it is easier to leave a violent partner if you have a clear plan.

 

In an emergency –

  • Call 000
  • Go to a safe place. Safe places in your home are where there are 2 exits and no hard surfaces.

 

How to keep your children safe –

  • Seek advice on how to talk to your children and include them into your safety plan
  • Make up a code word with your children for when you need help
  • Teach children how to dial 000 and give information, and NOT to hang up
  • Tell your children which neighbour they could go to for safety

 

Make a plan to leave –

  • Get a new prepaid sim card with credit to use in your phone or have coins for a call box
  • Open a new bank account so that your abuser does not have access to your finances
  • Use a public computer that your abuser cant access
  • Keep a bag packed
  • Decide who you will call
  • Keep a neighbours phone number to call in an emergency

 

Take these items if possible –

  • Money
  • Keys
  • Clothing
  • Medications
  • Birth Certificates
  • Bank cards
  • Drivers license
  • Health care card
  • Passports
  • Children’s things – (toys, blankets,nappies)

 

Be aware of the phone number that could prove useful.

  • Womens domestic violence crisis service – 1800 015 188
  • WAYSS – 97916111
  • Safe steps – 1800 015 188
  • Women’s refuge’s – 9486 9866
  • Or call Make A Difference at 95511799