Domestic and Family Violence

Counselling can help people who are experiencing violence and abuse in their
family relationships where a person is in fear of their partner or other family
members and where children are at risk of violence or witness violence in their
The following behaviours are examples of Domestic Violence:-
Physical abuse such as pushing, shoving, slapping, hitting, punching, biting or pinching.
Threatening to hurt you, your relatives, friends or work colleagues in some way.
Damaging property such as furniture, the house or pets in order to frighten and intimidate you.
Forcing you to have sex or to take part in sexual acts when you do not want to.
Depriving you of the necessities of life such as food, shelter, medical care and the company of
other people such as your family and friends.
Criticising, humiliating and insulting you, your friends and family.
Denying you access to necessary financial support for you and your children.
Restricting where you go and who you see.
Following you in public, by car or on foot.
Staying outside your house or workplace against your will.
Repeatedly phoning, or texting your phone or workplace without your consent.
Doing things which upset you and make you fear for your safety.
Counselling can help people to access appropriate help and assistance with
approved domestic violence services in the community to ensure safety for
themselves and their families. As well as this, ongoing counselling support can be
provided for individuals and family members at Interact.
Counselling is also provided to perpetrators of domestic violence who acknowledge
their need to change their abusive behaviours and attitudes of control in order to
find and establish safe and respectful ways of thinking and behaving when they
are angry or stressed.