Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour based on using power and control over another, causing fear and intimidation.

Domestic abuse may include (but is not limited to)

  • Financial abuse: controls your access to finances, punishes you for spending, or provides money with “strings attached”
  • Spiritual abuse: criticises your faith or culture, forces you to act against your beliefs, uses Scripture to control you and cuts you off from your church family
  • Social isolation: cuts you off from family, friends or faith community
  • Verbal abuse: criticises, belittles, and blames you
  • Emotional abuse: manipulates and threatens you; causes you to live in fear and doubt yourself and your view of reality
  • Psychological abuse: threats to harm you, or your children, family members or pets, threats to spread negative information about you, or threats to kill you
  • Physical abuse: hits, punches, chokes and assaults you, damages property, harms your children or pets
  • Sexual abuse: forces you to do sexual acts without your consent, controls decisions about reproduction
  • Harassment: comes to your workplace uninvited, shows up at places unexpectedly, follows you
  • Image based abuse: shares intimate images to humiliate and embarrass you
  • Technology abuse: using technology to monitor you; constantly text or call to harass you, stalks you online or posts abusive messages

The Anglican church says NO to abuse.
We are here to help.
Speak to someone today, or call:
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Anglicare Counselling
1300 651 728
NSW DV Hotline
1800 656 463