Family and Domestic Violence Counselling

Empowering Change, Ending Violence.


What Is Domestic Violence Counselling?

Domestic and family violence is a pattern of behaviour in any relationship used to gain or maintain control over an intimate partner or family member. These actions can intimidate, frighten, terrorise, manipulate, blame, or injure someone. While it predominantly affects women, it's important to recognise that men and children are also vulnerable.

The abuse manifests in various forms, and physical injury is not necessary for the behaviour to be classified as domestic violence. It's often more about the consistent patterns that instil fear.

Domestic and Family Violence

Forms of Abuse Include:

Emotional and Psychological Abuse

Undermining an individual's sense of self-worth through constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or damaging one's relationship with their children.

Physical Abuse

This can range from direct physical harm to making someone feel physically unsafe through menacing gestures.

Verbal Abuse

Using words to cause harm, whether through threats, accusations, or demeaning language.

Social Abuse

Isolating someone from their friends and family, monitoring their movements, or controlling who they can see and when.

Financial Abuse

Taking control of finances to make the victim financially dependent. This can include withholding access to money, or the outright theft of funds or credit.

Harassment or Stalking

Consistent attempts to invoke fear through unwanted contact.

Damaging Property

Destroying property to terrorise someone.

Spiritual Abuse

Manipulating someone's spiritual beliefs or practices to control them.

Reproductive Abuse

Exerting power over an individual's reproductive health decisions.

Systems Abuse

Exploiting legal or other institutional mechanisms to harass or control a partner.

Forced Marriage

Marrying someone against their will.

Technology Abuse

Using technology to control, harass, or monitor a partner.

Facts and Information

Facts and Figures on Family and Domestic Violence in Australia

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals across the globe, regardless of socio-economic status, race, religion, or nationality. Understanding the statistics helps underscore the urgency and necessity of comprehensive support systems, such as counselling and intervention programs.

Here are some key facts and figures to understand the extent and impact of DFV in Australia:


According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 1 in 6 (17%) women and 1 in 16 (6%) men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15.

Impact on Women

DFV is the greatest health risk factor for women aged 25-44, greater than smoking or obesity. Furthermore, women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.

Effects on Children

It is estimated that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 9 men were subjected to physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15. Exposure to family violence poses significant risks to children's emotional, cognitive, and social development.

Fatal Outcomes

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner, contributing to a significant portion of homicide incidents in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Economic Impact

The economic cost of violence against women and their children in Australia was estimated to be $22 billion annually, as reported by KPMG. This includes costs related to healthcare, lost productivity, and social welfare.

Reporting Rates

Many instances of domestic violence go unreported. Barriers to reporting include fear of not being believed, fear of further violence, concerns over child custody, financial dependency, and cultural or linguistic barriers.

Ready to Begin Your Journey?

Schedule a Consultation Today


Why Domestic and Family Violence Counselling is Essential

Domestic and family violence counselling plays a crucial role in addressing the deep and lasting impact of abuse. It is vital for individual recovery, safety, and community health.

  • intrepid icon
    Victim Support and Safety

    Offers a safe environment for victims to express themselves and plan safe exits from abusive situations.

  • intrepid icon
    Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

    Helps understand and break the patterns of violence, preventing future abuse.

  • intrepid icon
    Healing and Recovery

    Aids in the emotional and psychological healing process, helping to manage and mitigate long-term effects like PTSD and depression.

  • intrepid icon
    Preventing Intergenerational Trauma

    Intervenes to help children affected by violence, preventing the cycle from continuing into future generations.

  • intrepid icon
    Rebuilding Healthy Relationships

    Teaches victims the skills needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships based on respect and effective communication.

  • intrepid icon
    Community Awareness and Prevention

    Raises public awareness about the signs and effects of abuse, promoting early intervention.

  • intrepid icon
    Legal and Social Advocacy

    Assists victims in navigating the legal system and accessing necessary social services.

Counselling Therapy
How Intrepid Can Help You

How Intrepid Coaching Can Help?

At Intrepid Counselling, I understand the complexities of trauma and its impact on every aspect of your life. I'm a compassionate counsellor trained in trauma-informed approaches, including EMDR, to help you navigate your healing journey.

With personalised support and evidence-based techniques, I empower you to overcome trauma and thrive.

  • intrepid icon
    Personalised Counseling Approach:

    Tailored counseling sessions designed to address your unique needs, goals, and experiences.

  • intrepid icon
    Trauma-Informed Techniques:

    Utilisation of evidence-based approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help process and integrate traumatic memories.

  • intrepid icon
    Strengths-Based Support:

    Empowerment-focused counselling helps you recognise and build upon your inherent strengths and resilience.

  • intrepid icon
    Holistic Healing Strategies:

    Incorporation of holistic modalities and practices to support your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

  • intrepid icon
    Long-Term Recovery Planning:

    Collaborative development of a comprehensive treatment plan aimed at fostering long-term healing and growth.

Ready to get started?

Book an Appointment Today!

Traditional Custodian
Intrepid Counselling acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
Intrepid Counsellling is committed to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive space for people of all cultures and identities.
Scroll to Top