What to look out for
There are signs that may suggest someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence. They might:
- seem afraid of their partner or very anxious to please them
- stop seeing you, other friends or family and become isolated
- become anxious or depressed, unusually quiet or less confident
- have a partner who is controlling, obsessive or jealous
- have a partner who has threatened to harm them, their children or pets.
For more information on the signs of domestic violence download the Queensland Government’s support guide.
How to help
Your response to someone experiencing domestic and family violence is important and can make a difference. It is important to:
- respect the person’s right to make their own decision
- listen to what they have to say
- let them know the domestic and family violence is not their fault
- focus on how they are feeling and coping
- show you believe what they are saying
- focus on their safety and that of their children
- let them know that domestic and family violence is not just physical violence
- let them know there are support services available
- let them know there is legal help available.
Download the Queensland Government’s support guide for tips on how to approach someone you suspect is experiencing domestic and family violence and how best to support them.