Kids and Teenagers

It's ok to ask someone for help. Family violence can stop.
You have the right to feel safe in your family and home.

Kids and Teenagers

Kids of all ages can be hurt by family violence

Maybe you feel something is not quite right at home and want to know more about family violence. Follow this link www.burstingthebubble.com/what-is-domestic-violence

Who can I talk too?
If you would like to talk to someone about what is happening at home, Kids Helpline is a free and private counselling service just for kids. You can ring anytime (24/7) on 1800 55 1800, or use web counselling at www.kidshelp.com.au

If you are a teenager and sometimes feel out of control and, use violence at home against your family, you can get help and change your behaviour. Here is a good place to start www.kildonan.org.au/programs-and-services

Safety Plan for older kids and teenagers

Keeping safe is important. A good way to do this is by preparing a safety plan. Make sure you talk this over with an adult you trust and practice with that person what to do.

Remember:

  The person who hurt you or your mum is to blame for the violence. No one else.
  Don’t put yourself in danger.
  Violence is against the law.
  If you don’t feel safe, go to your safe place if you can.
  You are not responsible for your mum’s safety, but you might be able to get help for her.

This is your safety plan:

  If you can get to a phone in your own house or a neighbour’s house you can call for help.
  If you have to put the phone down DO NOT hang up

Here’s what to do when you call:
Dial 000
They will say: ‘POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE’
You answer: Police
Tell them:
My name is .................................
I am ..................... years old.
I need help. Send the police. Someone is hurting my mum.
The address is ..............................
The phone number I am calling from is .............................
Adapted from Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Australia, January 2013.

For Parents

Bouncing Back is a booklet to help parents whose children have experienced family violence bounce back from life's challenges and thrive.
Download here