Move

Purple peacock feather. Photograph by Ayush Tiwari

Everyday, I was a different mask for an emotion I didn’t feel

            There’s a blur between us

            Your anger is my burden

            Your raised hand will be my ache tomorrow

 

            My vision is consumed with your concerns

            Your troubles demand my solutions

            Your frustrations will be my shortcomings

 

            Our wants are painted in your needs

            Your desire is my job

            Your pleasure is where mine ends

 

            We progress according to your definitions

            Your failures are not real

            My triumphs do not exist

 

            I saw in me what was being challenged in others

            Your words were not mine

            My existence was valid

Then one day I was most of me.

Tomorrow, I will be all of me.

Resources and HelpLines

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1800 RESPECT

1800 737 732
is a free and confidential twenty-four hours, seven days a week, professional national counselling service for any Australian that has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

 

Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline

1800 019 123

Victims Services has a dedicated contact line for Aboriginal victims of crime who would like information on victims rights, how to access counselling and financial assistance.

 

ACON

LGBTI health organisation offering information, referrals, counselling, advocacy and practical support for LGBTI people in NSW experiencing DFV.
(02) 9206 2000

Another Closet: LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence

Another Closet provides information and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people who are experiencing domestic violence.

 

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

ANROWS aims to deliver relevant and translatable research evidence that drives policy and practice, leading to a reduction in the levels of violence against women and their children. It produces and publishes relevant research on domestic, family and sexual violence through its suite of publications.

 

Blue Knot Foundation

1300 657 380

Telephone counselling for adult survivors of childhood trauma, their friends, family and the health care professionals who support them. Call 1300 657 380 between 9am-5pm for counselling services or email at helpline@blueknot.org.au.

 

Kids Help Line

1800 551 800

Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia. Call 1800 551 800 for help.

 

LifeLine
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
 
Mensline Australia

1300 78 99 78
Support for men concerned about their own violent behaviour.

 

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

1800 880 052

An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
Call the free hotline on 1800 880 052.

 

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

1800 737 732 (24/7)

 

Relationships Australia

1300 364 277

Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners.
To be connected to the nearest Relationships Australia, call 1300 364 277 (for the cost of a local call).

 

RSPCA – Safe Beds for Pets

Provides temporary safe housing for pets of people who are escaping domestic violence.
(02) 9782 4408

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