Shadows campaign

Shine a light on domestic violence, family violence and abuse.

Abuse is not always physical, it can take many forms including:

Social abuse: The use of insults, threats, belittling remarks, ridicule, criticism or sarcasm aimed at embarrassing, shaming and humiliating you in public or in front of family and/or friends. It also includes consistent rudeness to your family and/or friends creating conflict and resulting in reduced contact, or highly possessive/jealous behaviour.

Financial abuse: Financial abuse is controlling financial means in order to limit a person’s ability to function independently. Examples include being denied access to your bank account, having your pay cheque taken by others, or being denied money for personal use (e.g. to buy clothes or food).

Psychological abuse: The use of obscenities, threats, insults, harassment, put-downs, name calling, being ignored, invalidated, ridiculed, humiliated, criticized, threatened, blackmailed, privileges withheld, guilt tactics, mind games, implied ‘craziness’, exclusion (e.g. from decision making), jealousy, fear tactics and isolation.

Physical abuse: Physical abuse involves physical force that has the intent to intimidate, frighten or harm. It is meant to cause harm to another person’s body or to control another person’s physical freedom or movement.

Physical abuse can result in bodily injury, pain, impairment or death.

Technological abuse may include:

  • Tracking or listening-in on phone calls
  • Using GPS on your smartphone to track your movements
  • Accessing your email or social media accounts
  • Reviewing your browsing history on a computer (press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE to clear your history now)

A note about Cyber stalking:

New technology allows for user actions to be tracked, recorded and even predicted. If you’re experiencing abuse involving the use of technology, there are things you can do to restrict access to your devices and delete your online history. Read Technology Safety Planning & Privacy Tips for more information.


What can you do?

  • Recognise the situation and trust your instincts
  • Plan for safety
  • Seek help
  • Act on advice

How to get help?

Contact Koolkuna, the local service network for the Eastern Region on 9274 7545 or email

Koolkuna is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support, advice and advocacy for individuals experiencing family and domestic violence in the Eastern Region. Koolkuna are based in Midland and also operate a refuge for women and families in need.

In an emergency: Call Police on 000 immediately

24-hour help lines: Visit