Feeling and being safe in your home
Most families have arguments and it's pretty normal for family members not to get along at times. But if an adult in your family is hurting, humiliating, threatening or frightening you, this could be domestic violence. The violence might also be towards your mother, father, siblings or other members of your family.
If you're living in a house where there is domestic violence, remember:
- don’t put yourself in danger to try and protect someone else
- no matter what the circumstances, violence is never justified and is never your fault. The only person who can be blamed for the violence is the person who is being violent
- you are not alone. There are people who can help you.
You have the right to be safe, cared for and live in place where you feel loved and accepted. If in your home there is violence and abuse, there are things you can do to get help.
Who you can call
If you want to talk to someone about what is happening, call:
Child Protection Helpline
Call to report abuse that is happening or has happened, or that you have seen. You can also call if you feel unsafe.
Keep yourself safe
Some things you could do to stay safe:
- Find someone you can trust to talk to about what is happening in your home
- Have a safe place in the house where you can go when the violence is happening
- Plan the best way to get out of the house quickly. Ask a neighbour or friend who lives nearby if you can go to their house in an emergency
- Have a list of people that you can call if you don’t feel safe. This could include a friend, a relative, a teacher, a counsellor, the police and child protection. Make sure you have their phone numbers written down in a safe place or in your mobile.
It's a good idea to be prepared in case there is danger and you need to act quickly. Check the What's OK at home? website for more advice on how to create a safety plan.