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Domestic violence is more common than you think. About one in three women experience domestic violence at some time in their life, and one woman a week is killed due to intimate partner violence.

Domestic violence occurs in an intimate relationship when one person tries to gain and maintain power and control over the other person. It is a pattern of behaviour and can take many forms, including violence, threats, humiliation and isolation.

Sometimes the abuse is obvious, as in the case of physical or verbal abuse. Sometimes it is less obvious, such as emotional or psychological abuse. Usually it occurs in the home so it is hidden from view. Abusers often act differently in public so family and friends may have no idea it is happening.

It is often very difficult and dangerous for women to tell anyone they are being abused.

Domestic violence can be experienced by any woman, of any age, any religion and any ethnic or economic background. They may be working in high earning jobs, or taking care of children. They may be in heterosexual or same sex relationships. They may be cisgender, gender fluid or transgender.

No form of abuse is acceptable. It is damaging to the woman, her family relationships, her children and the broader community.




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Please note that the Women’s Safety Services SA contact email is only supervised between 9AM-5PM, Monday to Friday, and you will not receive a response outside these times.

If you are in urgent need of assistance or are concerned for your safety, please call 000 or call our Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 800 098 or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

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