14 - 17 year olds (ish)
10 - 13 Year olds (ish)
Pssst, scroll down
We are an organisation called Safe and Equal, formerly Domestic Violence Victoria and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, and we make websites, videos, apps, brochures, posters and lots more to help people understand what family violence is, why it happens, how to recognise it and how to help others who are experiencing it.
We also run training classes for people who work with people experiencing family violence and professionals who work to prevent more violence from happening.
How to use this website
Listen to people’s stories of childhood experiencing family violence
Learn how to make a safety plan and keep yourself safe
Find ways to deal with your feelings and take care of yourself
Learn how to recognise and understand what family violence and abuse is
Find out what you can do and how and where to get help
Know how to talk to others about it so they help and support you
This site includes information and stories that some users may find distressing due to describing instances of family violence and abuse.
If at any time you want to quickly leave this site for any reason you can click on the X in the top right corner of the screen. This will instantly close down the site and take you www.google.com.
About this website
This site used to be called “Bursting the Bubble”.
We first created it back in 2003 with generous donations from some very kind organisations and the loving support of other agencies like ours, supporting writers, artists, digital developers and people who all care deeply about kids growing up safe, smart, protected and free from violence.
We also got a lot of help from people who grew up with violence in their family or were abused as a child themselves. Their survivor stories, voices, advice and guidance is all through this site, so anyone out there today can know.
To read a really boring sentence that we have to include on our website for legal reasons, visit our Disclaimer page.
Stay safe online
Computers and smartphones can store a great deal of your private information – about what you look at online, as well as the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone calls you make, and other activities.
If you are afraid of someone finding out that you have been on our website or what other sites you are visiting, please use a safer computer, tablet or phone (e.g. at a friend’s house, a library, an internet café).
If you need to quickly escape our website (e.g. if someone comes into the room when you are on the computer), click the QUICK EXIT button at the top of each page and you will be redirected to the Google homepage.
- Be careful about what personal information you share with others online or on social media.
- Get to know the privacy settings on your social media accounts (such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) so you can choose what information you want people to see. Update these settings regularly.
- Don’t give your full name, address, school or workplace on social media accounts.
- Set up your own private email account using free accounts like gmail.
- Be careful and creative about what passwords you use – don’t use something that’s easy to guess, like your pet’s name or your date of birth.