The rate of domestic and family violence increases at Christmas, and it’s important all Australians are on the lookout for the signs and know where to get help.

Last December calls to 1800 RESPECT spiked by 22 per cent and NSW Police reported domestic violence call outs were 40 per cent higher in December than June 2017.  

“Keep on the lookout for family, friends, workmates and neighbours that might be victims of domestic or family violence,” Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence, said.

“Violence against women can be physical, emotional, psychological and sexual.

“We need to look for more than bruises – manipulation, threats, coercion, humiliation, stalking and controlling behaviour are all forms of domestic violence.

“If something seems wrong with someone you know, ask if they are OK. Don’t leave it to chance. It could be the most important thing you do this Christmas.

“Stress, financial difficulties and alcohol make Christmas difficult for many families. But there is never any excuse for violence – it’s always a choice.

 "We all have a responsibility to call-out and stamp-out violence against women and children."

1800 RESPECT will be available through the holiday period, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.
For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au