Tomorrow Australia celebrates St. Valentine's Day, this day will not be a celebration for everyone.
In Australia, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men are victims of domestic violence. “In 2020, 54% or 70,000 reported attacks were related to domestic and family violence (excluding Victoria and Queensland), up 7.8% from 2019. 37% of reported homicides were related to family and domestic violence” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Sept. 2021). These statistics do not include cases of sexual, emotional and financial abuse.
The victims are often manipulated by a family members who explain their actions as caring for the victim. Family violence impacts a victim’s health and wellbeing. The perpetrator will work towards isolating the victim from family and friends and this further erodes the victim’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
When the victim realizes that this is impossible to live like this, how do they move forward? What do they need in such a case?
If you feel you are ready for changes and need to talk an experienced counsellor can help, please, book 15 min free initial consultation to make sure I am right person that can help you make the important decisions and assist you with your next steps to change your life for better.
You can also call 1800 737 732 (1800RESPECT). This is a 24/7 service for those who are and have been victims of sexual, domestic or family violence.