Immediate Help is available for victims of Physical or Psychological abuse Call 131114

Domestic violence

We are all shocked by the recent media reports of the terrible murder of an Egyptian-Coptic mother of three in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.  Women and vulnerable children should seek assistance if they are in danger. Please call Lifeline on 131114 for immediate assistance.

Our colleagues at the Australian Coptic Heritage and Community Services (ACHCS)  are also available to take basic enquiries regarding services available. Please contact 0479-042-733 for more information. 

FORMS OF ABUSE AND VIOLENCE

  • Physical harm – threats of self/physical harm, smashing things, hurting pets
  • Emotional and psychological abuse – humiliation, put downs and blaming
  • Financial abuse – strict or unfair control of money
  • Verbal abuse – name calling, yelling
  • Social abuse – controlling where you go and who you see
  • Sexual abuse – and rape
  • Stalking – following, making excessive phone calls, texts or emails
  • Spiritual or cultural abuse – controlling practices or choices

EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE

There are serious negative effects for victims, families, children and communities because of domestic and family violence.

For Victims:

  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Use of drugs and alcohol to block pain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Injury or death

FOR CHILDREN

  • Guilt, feeling they are to blame for the violence
  • Behaviour such as; aggression, low self-esteem, physical reactions like bedwetting, headaches, stomach cramps
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Problems with school work
  • Being bullied or becoming a bully
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Self-harming

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