Same Sex Domestic Violence
Talk to someone if you’re afraid of your partner...
While most relationships in our community are based on love and respect, domestic violence does happen between some same sex couples.
Domestic violence is any kind of behaviour that one partner uses to get and maintain control over the other. This can include:
- Constantly criticising or putting them down,
- Controlling money against their will,
- Isolating them from family or friends,
- Physically or sexually hurting them.
Signs that you might be experiencing domestic violence include:
- Being afraid of your partner,
- Feeling anxious or like you’re ‘walking on egg shells’ at home,
- Changing how you do things so that your partner doesn’t get angry.
Acknowledge what’s happening and get help...
If you think you’re experiencing domestic violence, then the first step in keeping yourself safe is getting information and support.
Find a trusted friend or family member to talk to or make contact with a professional service.
ACON can help you...
To get the information you need, check out ssdv.acon.org.au.
To get the support you need, call:
the NSW Police on 000 if it’s an emergency. If it’s not an emergency call the Police Switchboard on 9281 0000 and ask for your local Domestic Violence Liaison Officer or local Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO)
the 24-hour NSW Department of Community Services Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. ACON works closely with the Department to ensure they can deal effectively with cases of same sex domestic violence. Their staff will be able to talk with you about making a safety plan, what housing options are available to you and where you can get legal advice.
ACON on 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060 to make a confidential report or to find out about counselling, housing and other support options.