Some behaviours have been linked to an increased risk of serious injury and death where there is a history of domestic and family violence (DFV). These risk factors may be present in other types of relationships. This section does not list all of the risk factors linked to serious injury and death.
- Strangulation or choking
- Access to weapons
- Threats to kill you
- Threats to burn down your house
- Your (ex) partner threatens to harm themselves
- Genuine fear your (ex) partner will carry out these threats
- Increase in frequency and severity of violence
- Extreme sexual jealousy
- Sexual abuse
- Abuse of children and pets
- Controlling behaviour
If you are planning to separate and any of these behaviours are present in your relationship or there has been domestic and family violence, you could be in danger.
If you, a child or another person are in immediate danger, you should call the police now on 000.
If you feel unsafe, you should get support to help you assess your risk and make a safety plan. To discuss your safety call DVConnect 1800 811 811 (24-hour telephone advice line) or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) (24-hour telephone counselling line).