Domestic Violence happens between people that are together in an intimate
An 'intimate relationship' means that your mum might be married to your dad, or your mum might have a boyfriend or special friend that she spends time with. It might also mean that you have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Many young people have partners, or have had partners in the past, and a lot of them have been abused. Because there are so many different types of abuse, you might not actually realise that you could have been abused and tried to be controlled by someone. Make sure you check out all of the types of abuse.
When someone uses violence in an intimate relationship to control someone else this is called domestic violence. Most of the time it is a female who will be a victim, but some males can be victims too. If your mum is being abused, it's not your fault or your mum's fault. If you are being abused, it's not your fault. Victims should never get in trouble, the people being violent should!
Remember...Violence is never your fault or your mum's fault!!
Who can I call to talk about domestic violence?
You can call the Police 131 444 or in an Emergency call 000
You can call the Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Around 70% of young people (aged between 12 - 20yrs) have an intimate partner, and about 1 in 3 of them have experienced abuse in their relationship (Indermaur, 2001)