In Victoria's COVID-19 lockdowns it has become more likely for domestic violence to be more brutal and happen more often, reports from Monash University has shown.
Taylor Romeo takes a look at the issue from her perspective for The Courier's SHOUT platform for Ballarat youth.
Why family violence should be stopped
Family violence is a matter that needs to be stopped. It can put a hold on a man or woman's life and it sticks with them forever.
People around them try and help but that most likely makes it worse for the person getting abused. It isn't always the men, sometimes it can be the women that are abusing men.
What are the different types of family violence?
Some people think family violence is only physical but it can also emotional and mental.
For some people, it can take them ages before they see they are in an unhealthy relationship and when they do they will need help to get out.
Family violence can be life-threatening in injuries and when a person does leave the relationship, it could take them a while before they trust a partner again.
This experience can make you stronger or it could break you.
To strangers they might see a happy couple but when doors are closed no one knows what goes on. There is more than meets the eye. It is like that saying, "don't judge a book by its cover".
It isn't always like it seems
There are ways to help stop family violence.
Make sure that a friend or family member in a relationship is okay. Just be there and support them if you think they are in a violent relationship.
People experiencing domestic violence tend to push their loved ones away and it might hurt you but it hurts them the most. The best thing you can do, is just be there supporting them and helping them so they know when they are ready to come to terms with the fact they are in a unhealthy relationship, you will be there for them.
It would help them knowing you are there because when they do push their loved ones away, it takes a lot for the ones they have pushed away to come back.
It takes a lot for them to heal from what has happened, and it would definitely be better for them knowing that you are there for them.
It isn't always just in relationships. There could be child abuse. Which is a similar matter because these kids are dealing with it on their own. If they are getting abused, then they would be carrying this around for the rest of their life.
They are going to feel like no-one is there for them.
Family violence is WRONG.
For anyone to feel they can hurt another person is wrong - y'all need to get a reality check.
- If you, or someone you know is experiencing or concerned about family violence, you can call 1800 RESPECT or contact Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or speak to your school counsellor.
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