Young People and Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

Domestic, family and sexual violence is a topic that some people find difficult or confronting. Everyone has a right to respect and safety in all relationships.

If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, see the list of services under ‘Support and assistance’ below.

Vision

Young people live free from domestic, family and sexual violence.

Policy

Young people are disproportionately affected by domestic, family and sexual violence.

The Youth Safety Strategy (PDF 664.5 KB) complements the national plan to reduce violence against women and children and state policy to reduce violence against women and children. It builds upon the work of the women’s sector, which has achieved significant progress towards preventing and responding to violence against women.

The Youth Safety Strategy recognises the unique experiences of young people who may experience and/or engage in domestic, family and sexual violence.

Domestic violence can be understood as violence that happens between two people in a relationship*. The term 'relationship violence' is used in the Youth Safety Strategy to describe domestic violence  in a way that may be seen to more readily apply to the experience of young people.

The strategy is informed by young people, government and non-government stakeholders and provides a summary of the feedback and recommendations necessary to overcome the issues and gaps identified.

*Third Action Plan 2016–2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 — Easy Read, Commonwealth of Australia, 2016.

Media

6 Feb 2019: Female genital mutilation: 53,000 Australians have had procedure, report estimates – The Guardian

5 February 2016: Domestic violence in teenagers - why aren't we talking about it? – Daily Telegraph

19 May 2015: Parents seek help for violent children – ABC

Information and Resources

Stop it at the Start – Australian Government violence against women prevention campaign information and resources.

Change the Story – Primary prevention campaign information and resources developed by Our Watch, VicHealth and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

Child and Youth Health - Relationships – information on healthy relationships.

The Line – information on what is okay or not with relationships, dating and sex.

White Ribbon – International male led campaign to address violence against women. Includes Ambassador program, Young Ambassadors and Break the Silence in Schools program.

youthsayno (PDF 588 KB) – Western Australian Government resource on dating violence.

What's ok at home? (formerly Bursting the Bubble) provides information for young people and their adult allies to help people understand what domestic and family violence is and what to do about it.

Lawstuff –  information and advice for children and young people about the law.

Image-Based Abuse – information and guide for teenagers and young adults about when someone has shared an intimate, nude or sexual image without consent

It's time we talked – about pornography. Information for young people, parents and community organisations.

Trusted Moments - sexual violence prevention resources for schools and community services.

Forced and early marriage - Australian Government factsheet

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting - Bibliography from the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Support and Assistance

If you are in immediate danger, phone 000 (triple zero).

For non-urgent police assistance, phone 131 444.

For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • 1800respect – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 737 732
  • Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway - Counselling and access to emergency accommodation and support - 1300 782 200 or freecall 1800 800 098
  • Yarrow Place - Rape and Sexual Assault Services - (08) 8226 8777 or free call 24 hours 1800 817 421
  • Lifeline - 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention - 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue – Mental health support - 1300 224 636
  • Kidshelpline - Telephone and online counselling service for children and young people from 5 to 25 years of age - 1800 551 800
  • Relationships Australia - Range of services supporting children, young people, families and the service sector -  1300 364 277 or 1800 182 325 for country callers.
  • Reachout.com – information (including on domestic and family violence/healthy relationships) for children and young people, parents and care givers, and those who work with young people.
  • QLife –Telephone and counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends. From 3:00 PM to midnight - 1800 184 527.
  • Red Cross – Support those being forced to marry against their will – (03) 9345 1800. If someone is at imminent risk, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 AFP (237).