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Abusive or unhealthy behaviour

Healthy relationships start with feeling respected and safe. You have a right to respect and safety in all your relationships.

Relationship behaviour that is abusive is never OK and may be domestic and family violence or sexual violence.

Related links

Family and domestic violence support

Next steps

If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, you can contact the national counselling service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat.

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