Domestic and family violence is when one partner in a relationship utilises violence or abuse to maintain control over the other person. It takes many forms including using physical, verbal, emotional and financial abuse, or threats or controlling behaviour.

Domestic and family violence doesn’t discriminate. It occurs amongst people of all ages, educational and sexual status and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

In Australia one in four women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner and one in four women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner. Of those women who have experienced violence more than half had children in their care.

There are signs that may suggest someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence including unexplained physical injuries, fear of their partner or anxiousness to please them or an obsessive and controlling partner. For more information on the signs of domestic violence download the Queensland Government’s support guide.

Your response to someone experiencing domestic and family violence is important and can make a difference. It is important to respect the person’s right to make their own decision, listen to what they have to say, focus on how they are feeling and coping and show you believe what they are saying. Download the Queensland Government’s support guide for tips on how to approach someone you suspect is experiencing domestic and family violence and how best to support them.

We at the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane are committed to helping end domestic and family violence in all its forms. The Archdiocese includes Brisbane Catholic Education and its 137 Catholic schools, Centacare’s child care services, disability and aged care support services, family and relationship services and pastoral care services, as well as 99 parish communities. We stretch from the Queensland & New South Wales border, north to Gin Gin and west to Eidsvold and Gatton.

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