DVRCV Main Menu

You are here:

You are here

Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women who have experienced abusive relationships

Jane: My journey to hell and back began twelve years ago.

Katherine: When his violence became much worse and was being directed at the children, I changed.

Jody: I know what it’s like to be disregarded and disrespected by the legal system.

Anna: It took me a lot of false starts, but eventually I stepped out of an abusive relationship.

Maria: It’s quite a terrible thing to admit that you have been in two abusive relationships.

Alex: I believed he wanted to change. We even went to counselling together.

Jenna: We had our good times but once we were married, his desire to control everything became more obvious.

Kaz: I began to believe that it was my fault and felt like I was in this rollercoaster that I couldn’t get off.

D: I look in the eyes of my baby girl and know that she watched every bit. It helped to be able to see the truth.

Ann: I told him to stop but he wouldn’t, and I pushed him away but he pushed me back.

Julie: After we broke up, he started to stalk me.

Sallie: Falling in love doesn’t mean the guy is right for you.

L: Now I stand up to him when he gives orders.

Kazza: Then over time, sex became more important to him than being together.

Angel: He pushed me into prostitution.

Lena: I married an abusive man who had a severe drinking problem.

Tina: It got to a stage where I didn’t know what the truth was and what was a lie.

Isobel: I felt like a dog on a chain and I couldn’t get off it.

Donna: The more I stayed with him the more it destroyed my self esteem.

  • If you are in danger call 000 or contact the police in your state or territory.
  • For confidential crisis support in Victoria, information and accommodation please call the safe steps 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188. If it is unsafe to call, email
  • For confidential phone help and referral in Australia, please contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line.
  • For free information, support, and referrals for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, asexual and queer Victorians and their friends and family call Rainbow Door on 1800 729 367 or text 0480 017 246 or email
  • For support for men, call Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.