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Someone may tell you that they use violence with their family or someone close to them. Remember that you do not have to respond to them if you do not feel comfortable. If you do not want to engage with them, you can provide them the number to the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.
If you decide to respond, please consider the following:
This conversation guide shows how to approach a conversation with someone who uses violence. It’s recommended that you:
They say: “They made me so angry, I just snapped!”
You ask: “What happens when you snap?”
They say: “I raise my voice, sometimes I throw or break things.”
You ask: How do you think your other family members were feeling?”
They say: “I’m not sure, they might’ve been scared, but my partner always makes me lose it.”
You ask: “Thank you for telling me. I am concerned, and I believe the way you were behaving is wrong . If you are ready, I can help you access support.”
You can also download these guidelines in a PDF format by clicking the following link: Responding to people who use violence (PDF, 137.5 KB)
21 Nov 2022
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