TOP 10 MYTHS & FACTS
DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE
MYTH 1: Only physical violence is DFV.
FACT: Approximately one quarter of DFV is physical, the remaining three quarters is a pattern of behaviour that could be verbally, sexually, emotionally, socially, psychologically or ﬁnancially abusive; threatening or coercive; or in any other way controlling or seeks to dominate another person that results in living in fear.
MYTH 2: If I report DFV my visa will be cancelled and I will be deported.
FACT: Immigration Laws in the “Family Violence Provisions” are intended to ensure that visa applicants (for eligible visa classes) do not need to remain in an abusive relationship in order to get permanent residence in Australia.
MYTH 3: If I leave my partner I will not have financial support.
FACT: Department of Human Services, Centrelink supports people aﬀected by family and domestic violence if you are in, have left, or are preparing to leave a situation. They provide payments (if eligible), social work counselling and third party referrals. Call 131 202 or visit humanservices.gov.au and select the language button for information in your language.
MYTH 4: If I leave there will be no support for me.
FACT: Multicultural Families Organisation (MFO) provides extensive, conﬁdential support for DFV victims including information and advice by a culturally appropriate case worker and can refer you to many other services such as counselling, emergency shelter, ﬁnancial assistance and free immigration advice. You can contact MFO during business hours on 07 5571 0381 or attend the oﬃce at 47 Scarborough St, Southport. DV Connect provides 24 hour emergency DFV support by phone on 1800 811 811.
MYTH 5: If I leave I will be homeless.
FACT: Emergency short-term accommodation is available by contacting DV Connect for 24/7 support on PH:1800 811 811 or MFO can assist you with accommodation options PH:07 5571 0381
MYTH 6: DFV help is only available if I speak English.
FACT: Every government support service and most other support agencies will provide interpret- ing services if requested. The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) provides interpreting services to agencies in 160 languages 24/7 Call 13 14 50 and say your language.
MYTH 7: DFV does not happen in my culture or community.
FACT: DFV is found in all cultures and in all levels of society but the diﬀerence is some cultures are making a move to end DFV while in some cultures it is not seen as a problem.
MYTH 8: It is my behaviour that caused him to be abusive.
FACT: Abusers choose their actions. Abuse is NEVER the fault of the victim.
MYTH 9: For our children, it would benefit them if we stay together.
FACT: All research agrees that children will never beneﬁt in an abusive home where they suﬀer from emotional and psychological trauma that often leads to physical, social, behavioural and mental health problems. These children are three times more likely to become future abusers or victims of DFV.
MYTH 10: Because of my religious beliefs I have to stay in an abusive relationship.
FACT: All mainstream religious writings do not promote or condone DFV. All religious writings and traditions speak about redemption and change from bad to good from suﬀering to peace and happiness. Marriage if it is full of suﬀering and abuse must change. If it cannot change then divorcing a cruel and abusive partner is the appropriate change.
All religious writings have at their heart the invitation to peace, love and respect of all human kind. Tolerating suﬀering within a family is not supported by true religions.
If you experience DFV while living in rental accommodation you can apply to the tribunal
1300 QLD CAT (1300 753 228) for an order to:
• Be recognised as the tenant
• Remove the name of the person who has committed a DFV act
• End the tenancy agreement altogether
" Imposing one's will on another human being is an act of violence" - Ghandi