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Domestic violence is behaviour which results in physical, sexual and/or psychological damage, forced isolation, economic deprivation or behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

Violence against women is at epidemic levels. The most recent Australian data come from a national survey of 6,600 women by the Australian Institute of Criminology in 2004. This found that in the past 12 months, ten per cent of Australian women experienced at least one incident of physical and/or sexual violence by a man. And, over their lifetime, 57 per cent of women reported experiencing at least one incident of physical or sexual violence. Of these women aged 18 to 69, just under half had experienced physical violence, and one-third had experienced sexual violence. (Mouzos, Jenny and Makkai, Toni (2004). Women's experiences of male violence: findings from the Australian component of the International Violence Against Women Survey, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.)
The South West Refuge provides safe, supported accommodation and confidential assistance. The staff will listen to your concerns, explore options available to you and support your right to make choices about your life.
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Physical Abuse: Punching, kicking, hitting, choking, shaking.
Emotional Abuse:
Threats, insults, name calling, intimidation, damage to property and harm to pets.
Financial Abuse: Controlling the family finances.
Sexual Abuse: Forced or unwanted sex. Rape in marriage does occur and is against the law.
Psyhological Abuse: Any threats to cause physical harm, blackmail or humiliation.
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body_arrow Domestic Violence is a crime punishable by law.
body_arrow Women are most vulnerable to abuse within intimate relationships.
body_arrowAbuse can continue - through harrassment and stalking - even when the relationship has ended.
body_arrowDomestic Violence rarely occurs as an isolated event and tends to become more severe over time.
body_arrow Twenty percent of casualty ward patients are there as a result of Domestic Violence.
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EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE AT ALL TIMES
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