If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
Home isn’t always a haven
In Victoria, violence in the home makes up 40% of all Victorian murders. Each year in Australia at least 60 women die as a result of domestic violence.
Women and children are at greater risk of violence in their homes than anywhere else and are likely to be killed by someone they know.
In 2007-08, The Australian Institute of Criminology reported that most homicides were ‘domestic’.
Every week a woman is killed in Australia by a partner or ex-partner (Victorian Police Crime Statistics, 2009-2010).
When women are killed by their male intimate partners, it is frequently in the context of an ongoing abusive relationship.
Approximately 80% of adult female victims in Victoria experience violence from an intimate partner.
Emerge is able to assist women and children who have experienced domestic violence in all kinds of ways: whether it’s with one-on-one practical or emotional support; finding safe accommodation, legal support, art therapy for children, or outreach and skills-building programs.
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4. To seek help, contact the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1800 015 188 www.wdvcs.org.au.
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