The Area News with Linking Communities Network (LCN) will be detailing what to look out for and where to get help as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
LCN deputy CEO Kirrilly Salvestro says changing the conversation will change the culture that allows domestic violence.
Emotional abuse can hugely impact confidence, self-esteem and mental health, and it may not be obvious at first. The aim is to chip away at your self-worth and independence. You may feel there is no way out or you'll have nothing if you leave. Physical abusers can emotionally abuse to maintain power and control.
Emotional abuse includes yelling, insulting or swearing at you. Rejection, like pretending not to notice you or ignoring you. Put-downs, calling you names, calling you stupid, publicly embarrassing you, blaming you for everything.
Making you feel afraid, intimidated or threatened. Limiting freedom of movement, stopping contact with others like friends or family. Controlling, withholding money, preventing you from working. Purposely, repeatedly saying or doing hurtful things.
Financial abuse is when someone uses money or things relating to money to hurt, scare or control you. They might also use things you own or own together to cause problems. It can go on with other types of abuse.
Stopping you from having your money. Forcing you to pay for things. Pressuring you to give your money to them. Controlling or taking pension or pay.
Forcing or pressuring you for control of your money or property. Forcing or pressuring you to sell or selling without permission. Forcing you to sign documents, like loans, credit card applications, Centrelink payments, documents giving someone else control of your money or assets.
Refusing to pay for things you need or supporting you or your children.
Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line: 1800 656 463. Indigenous Women's Legal Program, Women's Legal Service NSW: 1800 639 784
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