• Break the silence

    Helpful information for young people experiencing violence at home or in a relationship, or supporting a friend who is being abused.

    It's never OK to physically or emotionally abuse another person. Whether it's happening between your parents; your boyfriend or girlfriend; or you think your friend may be experiencing something like this and you want to help. There are different types of violence and abuse that people suffer beyond being hit, pushed or grabbed. Don't stay silent. You can make a difference to your own situation or a friend's.

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  • Is this you?

    Almost 1.5 million females have experienced some form of current or previous partner violence since the age of 15.

    About 9 per cent of these women have experienced partner violence during the last 12 months. Are you one of these statistics, or is someone you love experiencing violence at the hands of a current or former partner?

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  • It's not our way

    Aboriginal people are highly over represented in domestic violence statistics.

    Aboriginal females were 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family and domestic violence-related assaults, than non-Aboriginal females.  Don't let shame stop you helping friends and family who are being hurt. It's not our culture; it's not our way.

    View the stats

     

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    Check out the resources available for download.

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  • Break the silence

    Helpful information for young people experiencing violence at home or in a relationship, or supporting a friend who is being abused.

    It's never OK to physically or emotionally abuse another person. Whether it's happening between your parents; your boyfriend or girlfriend; or you think your friend may be experiencing something like this and you want to help. There are different types of violence and abuse that people suffer beyond being hit, pushed or grabbed. Don't stay silent. You can make a difference to your own situation or a friend's.

    See more

  • Is this you?

    Almost 1.5 million females have experienced some form of current or previous partner violence since the age of 15.

    About 9 per cent of these women have experienced partner violence during the last 12 months. Are you one of these statistics, or is someone you love experiencing violence at the hands of a current or former partner?

    View the stats

  • It's not our way

    Aboriginal people are highly over represented in domestic violence statistics.

    Aboriginal females were 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family and domestic violence-related assaults, than non-Aboriginal females.  Don't let shame stop you helping friends and family who are being hurt. It's not our culture; it's not our way.

    View the stats

     

  • Want more?

    Check out the resources available for download.

    See more

     

True Stories

"Now I know what to look for"

"We met in high school. He was gorgeous, smart, and popular. Early on, we did all the normal things like going out with friends and watching movies. His family was quite wealthy and he spoiled me with gifts and I’d go away with them all on expensive weekend trips. I felt so privileged that someone like him would be attracted to someone like me."

 

Teacher resources

Respectful relationships education

In recognition of the importance of respectful relationships education in schools, the Victorian Department of Education and Training have developed a range of the teaching and learning materials which address the key issues related to violence prevention and gender-based violence.

Additional resources

White Ribbon Foundation’s Breaking the Silence is an award-winning professional learning program for principals and senior teachers that supports them to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities.