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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FAC­ING ABUSE

■ En­sure safety of your­self and chil­dren and pets when de­cid­ing whether or not to stay in the abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

■ Work with an agency on a safety plan.

■ There are plans that help you when you’re com­mit­ted to stay­ing; think­ing about leav­ing; plan­ning to leave; and have left.

■ Remember risk and dan­ger are dy­namic – they move up and down.

■ You need to form a re­la­tion­ship with a pro­fes­sional to help you reg­u­larly re­view your safety plan and re­view risks.

Source: Men­sline SUP­PORT FOR MALE FAM­ILY VI­O­LENCE SUR­VIVORS

■ Men­sLine (1800 600 636) pro­vides sup­port across Aus­tralia for men in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cri­sis.

■ Men­sline links male sur­vivors with the same sup­port ser­vices of­fered to women, in­clud­ing emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion, coun­selling and le­gal.

■ Cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices for men and their chil­dren are funded un­der the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Home­less­ness Pro­gram.

■ Sup­port ser­vices are avail­able at all Queens­land courts for male sur­vivors. ■ Male sur­vivors can also ac­cess sup­port from re­gion­ally based do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence sup­port ser­vices.

■ Men can also phone DVCon­nect on 1800 811 811 or the na­tional hot­line 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Source: Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, Men­sLine

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