Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue. It occurs across all ages, socioeconomic and demographic groups but mainly affects women and children.
Violence is any threatening, coercive, dominating or abusive behaviour that occurs between people in a family, domestic or intimate relationship, or former intimate relationship, that causes the person experiencing the behaviour to feel fear.
Women who have experienced family violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.
Some groups of people are at greater risk of family, domestic and sexual violence, particularly Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women separating from their partners, women with disability, women experiencing financial hardship and women who experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence as children.
Unfortunately, healing from trauma—no matter if the abuse lasted a few months or a few decades—is not an overnight process. In fact, “getting over it” may never be a part of a survivor’s recovery. One of the most helpful steps to recovery is realising you are not alone. Abuse is very isolating, personal, degrading, humiliating, and shameful.
Our counsellors provide supportive counselling for women who have survived family violence and are dedicated to providing a range of evidence-based therapies and culturally appropriate support.