About family violence
Family violence takes many forms and it occurs across all social groups in the community.
While physical violence may be the most visible, there are other forms of family violence. These include:
- controlling behaviours (such as deciding who you can see or what you do)
- stalking (such as monitoring your online activity, following you)
- verbal abuse (such as put-downs, threats and intimidation)
- physical assault (such as pushing, slapping, punching, choking)
- sexual assault (such as manipulating or forcing you to do sexual things, even if you are married)
- emotional abuse (such as weakening your self-esteem)
- social abuse (such as isolating you from family and friends)
- economic abuse (such as controlling access to money)
- spiritual abuse (such as preventing you from practising your spiritual beliefs)
- harming, or threats to harm, pets
- threats or actually self-harming and saying you are responsible
- spousal homicide.
If someone is violent, abusing and hurting you or your children, it is not your fault.
Support services at Knox
There are services that you can reach out to for advice or help.
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)
Services to support women and children (multilingual staff)
9259 4200 (9 am–8 pm)
Mon–Fri Sat (9 am–5 pm)
Eastern Access Community Health (EACH)
Family Violence Counselling and Education
1300 003 224
Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA)
For men, women, youth and children
9870 7330 (Office Hours)
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Family violence in Knox
Incidents of family violence in Knox continue to be above the eastern metropolitan average.
53 per cent of all assaults on people in Knox in 2017 to 2018 were family violence-related.
Family violence and homelessness
The ties between family violence and homelessness are clear. In fact, family violence is the single biggest cause of homelessness in this state.
There is help available if you are at risk of homelessness or need housing support.
If someone else is experiencing family violence
Safe steps provide information on how you can help and support them.
How we work against family violence
Council plays works to prevent family violence by delivering a range of prevention activities to keep our community safe. This includes:
- collaborating with key organisations providing crisis intervention
- funding projects with a family violence focus
- training our Maternal and Child Health workers, Youth Services and Aged Care workers to provide assessment, support and referral.
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