Domestic and family violence is when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person. It causes the person being abused to live in fear. It can include physical, verbal,sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. It can also include behaviours like stalking, isolation or controlling what a person does, who they see or even what they wear. Living with domestic violence can have a profound effect on children and young people.
For people experiencing abuse or violence in their relationship, it can be difficult and very frightening to reach out and let someone know what is happening.
Our counsellors at Life Without Barriers have worked with many people experiencing domestic violence and understand how hard it can be to take that first step and how impossible change can seem. We are here to listen, help and support you in your choices. We can:
- provide counselling and relationship advice and work through your options with you
- help you make a safety plan for you and other members of your household
- help you find immediate and safe accommodation
- arrange transport
- arrange financial assistance
- help make arrangements to keep your pets safe.
Our service is completely free and confidential. We currently offer this service in Charter Towers and Burdekin in Northern Queensland. However, if you need to talk to someone please reach out on the following: