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Family violence affects people from all walks of life. When we think about family violence we tend to think about abusive couples where the male partner is violent. Indeed, research shows that the majority of victims of intimate partner violence are women. However, there are men who experience abuse from their female partners as well as men and women in same-sex relationships who are victims of violence. In families we also know that parents may be subjected to violence and abuse from their adolescent or adult children and the elderly can be victims of physical abuse, neglect and financial manipulation.
At RAV, we understand that it can be difficult to seek assistance. People may experience pain and shame in disclosing that a loved one is causing abuse and hurt. They may fear being blamed for the abuse, not believed or judged by social attitudes to gender roles and sexual orientation. However, it is important to seek support as family violence has significant psychological, emotional and physical impact on those who experience abuse directly and on those who witness the violence. Children particularly experience the harmful psychological impact of violence, regardless of whether they have been directly assaulted.
We also offer group programs and courses to assist people who commit violence in the family to take responsibility for their violent and abusive behaviour and to encourage respectful ways of relating.
All services at RAV require screening and assessment for family violence. The safety of partners, children and family members is prioritised.
Contact your nearest RAV centre to find out more about Family Violence Prevention Services or to make an appointment for an assessment