Fighting back against an epidemic of violence
JUST under half of the women reading this article will have experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months.
While more than 30% of women reading this have experienced physical violence since the age of just 15.
Unfortunately however 64% of these abuses went unreported to police according to the Department of Families, Housing and Community.
As the first week of Domestic Violence Prevention Month draws to a close the violent epidemic continues in many Australian homes.
According to Acting Senior Sergent Lisa Self it's not only female partners suffering from domestic violence and abuse at home.
"It's not just husbands and wives in traditional relationships, brothers and sisters, elderly and their carers and abuse towards the male in the household isn't uncommon," she said.
"The statistics are shocking but this is the reality of what we deal with regularly".
In the past week alone there was an application for domestic violence order every day of the week.
"This is pretty normal for our area," Sergt Self said.
While the police force works on the front lines of family warfare, multiple groups and charities work in the background to support those struggling to escape or even just come to terms with their abuse.
"It's out there, and in quite a big amount," president of the Safe Haven Management committee Bette Bonney said.
"The issue is prevalent but unnoticed, people are afraid to talk about it because of fear or shame."
As part of the Safe Haven organisation Mrs Bonney assists victims of domestic and family violence to a temporary residence.
"We offer a space for those who want to leave and assistance for those who need to work out what to do next," she said.
While Domestic Violence becomes a more talked about issue some victims still remain unaccounted for.
"Any form of abuse is not ok, whether it's physical or verbal is not ok, if you're not sure talk about it," Mrs Bonney said. "Just don't let concern become regret."
DVConnect's womensline: call 1800 811 811 (toll free within Australia)
Available 24 hours for counselling, support, information and refuge placements.
DVConnect's mensline Queensland: call 1800 600 636 (toll-free within Australia)
Available between 9am and 12pm for counselling, support and information.
Kids Helpline: call 1800 551 800 (toll-free within Australia)