What is Family Violence?
Violence is defined as any act which makes another person feel fearful, unsafe and not in control of their own destiny.
Family violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, verbal and financial abuse. It can occur in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. Family violence is predominantly, but not exclusively, perpetrated by men against women and children.
Berry Street offers family violence support services assisting women and their children to remain safely within their community wherever possible and maintain a life free of violence, while also addressing their emotional and practical needs and issues arising from the violence. It occurs in all ethnic & cultural groups, in all kinds of relationships & families, including heterosexual & same-sex relationships & against older people and people with a disability.
Find out more about Berry Street Family Violence support services >
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, the following services provide help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
We help victims of family violence in the Northern suburbs and Western Victoria
Find out more about our family violence services by region:
The Family Violence Crisis in Victoria
At only three years old, Bella has been through so much. She has been exposed to frequent violence, and witnessed the assault of her mother Erin by her partner. Bella showed significant signs of trauma and struggled to settle, but with the help of Berry Street her mother, Erin, is beginning to understand the effects of the trauma, and is beginning to heal.