Psychology and Allied Health Services

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month: A Call to Action


In the month of May, Australia unites to raise awareness about domestic and family violence (DFV). This annual campaign aims to educate, empower, and create a safer environment for everyone. Let’s delve into the significance of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and explore ways we can contribute to positive change.

Understanding Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence encompasses a range of harmful behaviours that occur within relationships and households. It affects people of all backgrounds, genders, and ages. These behaviours may include physical violence, emotional abuse, financial control, and coercive tactics. DFV is not limited to physical harm; it also leaves lasting emotional scars.

The Importance of Awareness

1. Breaking the Silence: DFV often thrives in silence. By raising awareness, we encourage survivors to speak out, seek help, and break free from the cycle of abuse.
2. Education: Awareness campaigns provide information about the signs of DFV, available resources, and legal protections. Knowledge empowers individuals to recognise red flags and support those in need.
3. Community Engagement: DFVP Month encourages communities, organisations, and individuals to come together. It’s a time to collaborate, share stories, and advocate for change.

How Can You Make a Difference?

1. Learn the Signs: Educate yourself about the signs of DFV. Recognise controlling behaviours, isolation, and intimidation. Be a vigilant observer.
2. Support Survivors: If you suspect someone is experiencing DFV, offer non-judgmental support. Listen, believe them, and connect them with professional services.
3. Challenge Stereotypes: Break down stereotypes that perpetuate harmful gender norms. Encourage respectful relationships based on equality and consent.
4. Promote Healthy Relationships: Teach children about healthy boundaries, consent, and empathy. Prevention starts with education.

Resources and Support

• National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for confidential support and information.
• Local Services: Reach out to local organisations providing assistance to survivors.
• Online Resources: Visit websites like 1800RESPECT and White Ribbon for valuable information.


Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month reminds us that change begins with awareness and action. Let’s stand together, amplify survivors’ voices, and work towards a future free from violence.