South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about ‘Relationships’

Abuse in relationships: Can you see it?

For Female Survivors, Young People

What is abuse?
It can be if someone constantly puts you down, threatens you or forces you to do something you dont want to. Some forms of abuse are against the law and its not always physical violence.

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Face values: Making sense of violent relationships

For Young People

Face values aims to allow young people to get a better understanding of what makes some people abuse others. It looks at the attitudes and values in society which lead to sexual, emotional and physical violation.

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For foster carers

For Family & Friends, Workers

What to do if your foster child discloses sexual abuse

It is often the case that when a child comes into foster care that very little is known about his/her background.

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For friends

For Family & Friends, Students, Young People

Information for people whose friends have been sexually assaulted.

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For grandparents

For Family & Friends

As a Grandparent, there are many issues that must be faced when your child has sexually assaulted a grandchild.

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For parents

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It contains information on issues for non-offending parents.

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For partners of female survivors

For Family & Friends

This handbook is written as a guide for all husbands, lovers, or partners of women who were sexually abused as children.

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Forced marriage

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

What is forced marriage?
Under Australian Commonwealth law a forced marriage is one where a person gets married without freely and fully consenting because they have been coerced, threatened or deceived.

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How do I explain to others

For Family & Friends

There will be people who will be curious to know what has happened to your child and want to know why changes have occurred recently in your family.

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How family & friends can help

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

After a sexual assault, the victim needs to
Get medical attention
Know it wasn't their fault. Feel safe
Take control of their life. Be believed. Things you can do to help
Listen, don't judge - Try to simply understand their feelings.

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If your partner has recently been sexually assaulted

For Family & Friends, Young People

You most probably will want to do ‘the right thing’. This information sheet provides some guidance to help you support your partner in dealing with the impacts of sexual assault. You will also have your own feelings to cope with, but be aware that your reactions are important.

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Online dating

For Young People

In the age of the internet many people choose to use online dating services and on-line chat rooms to hook up. It can be a fun way of meeting new people and of gradually finding out if they are someone you would like to meet in the real world.

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Reproductive coercion

For Female Survivors, Young People

The decision about whether or not to have a baby is profoundly personal and this choice can be taken away by an abusive partner. This decision can be affected by verbal pressure, threats, blackmail, physical violence or rape.

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Respect me. Don't sext me

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

The "Respect me. Don't sext me" sexting education pack is designed for Australian schools to deliver to 11 - 14 year olds.  The pack is available on these pages as downloads or available to order.

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Respect Protect Connect Manual

For Teachers, Workers

Respect Protect Connect for men
The Respect, Protect, Connect workshop manual contains 162 pages of new and innovative ways to work with young men. It contains information specifically written for those who are starting off their work with young men.

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Sex in the new millenium: information about sex for teenage boys

For Young People

Sex and relationships are fun, exciting and full of risks. An information brochure for young people.

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Talking to your child about pornography

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children entering puberty and adolescence may be curious about sex and sexuality. They may hear things in the playground and they might want to know more – but asking mum or dad can be embarrassing, so they turn to online information, which can include pornography.

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The love control

For Female Survivors, Young People

The Love Control is a short film targeting young women about early warning sign behaviours that may lead to more extreme forms of domestic violence.  

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