We are an organisation called Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV) 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 family violence victim/survivors and professionals who work to prevent more violence from happening.
HOW TO USE THIS WEBSITE
This site is a website where you can…
- Listen to people's stories of childhood experiencing family violence
- Learn how to recognise and understand what family violence and abuse is
- Learn how to make a safety plan and keep yourself safe
- Find out what you can do and how and where to get help
- Find ways to deal with your feelings and take care of yourself
- 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.
What's up at home?
This page explains what family violence is and how to recognise it and understand what it is.
How to deal
This page talks about feelings and provides ideas and tools about how to cope.
Visit another home
This will bring you back to the home page so you can go into another story.
Lots of frequently asked questions are updated here.
What should I do?
This page explains what you can do, who you can call, how you can help a friends and how to keep yourself safe and make a safety plan.
Talk to someone
This page gives you guidance on how to find someone you can trust and ways you can talk to them.
Info for adults
This page is for grown-ups who want to help a child or young person who is experiencing family violence.
The menu on the side is on every page and will assist you in your journey on this website.
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.
You can delete your internet browser’s ‘history’ or cache of the websites you visited, or the search history of what you searched for online, or the emails or messages you sent. This can make it a bit harder for someone using your computer/phone to find out what you have been doing online. BUT it’s not possible to delete all the ‘tracks’ that the computer collects, and someone who is smart can use technology to find this information.
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.
OTHER TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ONLINE
- Be careful about what personal information you share with others online or on social media.
- Don’t give your full name, address, school or workplace on social media accounts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set up your own private email account using free accounts like gmail.
- For more information see our SmartSafe website at www.smartsafe.org.au/tech-safety-hub/technology-safety-planning