I am, or someone I know is, a victim of domestic/family violence. What should I do?

I am, or someone I know is, a victim of domestic/family violence. What should I do?

Family violence is a crime and the police take it seriously.

If you are the victim, and would like to make a complaint against the person abusing you and/or your children, please contact your local police station either by phone or in person. An officer will talk to you about all the options available to you.

If you are not ready to make a complaint, there are people and organisations ready to help and support you. Visit the It's Not OK or Women's Refuge websites, or call the 0800 Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450).

Ensure a family member or close friend knows about the abuse so you have support and assistance.

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