Are you unsafe right now
Are you safe at home? quiz
If you’re worried someone you know may be experiencing family violence, ask if they are safe and if there’s anything you can do to help. Many people worry they’ll be interfering, but with the right approach this conversation could make a real difference.
Wait until you have an opportunity to speak with the person alone and approach the conversation sensitively and empathetically. Don’t pressure them to talk if they are uncomfortable. Be patient, and let them know you’re there if they need to talk.
It is likely that the person you know is experiencing family violence.
It takes a lot of strength and courage to tell someone about violence or abuse. If someone opens up to you, it’s important that you listen without interrupting, believe them, and take the abuse seriously. If they are in immediate danger, call triple zero (000).
Connect them with professional support
If you know someone who is unsafe at home, the best thing you can do is tell them about specialist family violence services who can offer professional support. These services are ready to help.
Find a service
These services either work directly with people experiencing family violence or will connect them to services that do.
Use the tab to find services in the state you are located in.
Keep in contact
Family violence and abuse can be very isolating. Your support can make a big difference.
Wait until you have an opportunity to speak with the person alone and approach the conversation sensitively and empathetically. Don’t pressure them to talk if they are uncomfortable. Be patient and let them know you’re there if they need to talk.
Try to reach out regularly over the phone, on social media, or by email. It’s also important to respect someone’s wishes if they ask you to contact them less often.
Looking after yourself
Supporting a friend or relative who is being abused can be difficult. Remember to look after yourself and get help if you need it. You can contact 1800 Respect or a specialist family violence service for advice.