Family and personal safety

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Domestic violence

Domestic violence occurs when one partner in a relationship uses any abusive behaviour to gain and maintain control over one or more people in that domestic relationship. Domestic voilence can cause physical and emotional harm to children, whether children are direct victims, regularly observe domestic voilence or are aware that it is happening in their homes.

  • Assault with the use of a weapon
  • Emotional abuse (as outlined below)
  • Financial abuse (controlling money and making all the financial decisions, depriving a partner of finances and even their own income)
  • Physical abuse (as outlined below)
  • Property damage (furniture or structural destruction or harming pets in order to threaten or intimidate)
  • Sexual abuse (as outlined below)
  • Verbal abuse (bullying, shouting, profanity, yelling)
  • Social abuse (isolated socially or geographically from friends, family or school)

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.