About this campaign

Non-physical abuse can be just as serious and harmful as physical or sexual abuse but is often overlooked or excused.

Non-physical abuse can include financial abuse, social abuse, emotional and/or psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, technological abuse and stalking. These are explained in more detail on the homepage .

The No Excuse for Abuse campaign aims to raise awareness of non-physical abuse against women. It is an initiative of Our Watch and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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The stats

Research shows that about 1 in 4 women has experienced at least one incident of non-physical abuse from a partner.

Research by Our Watch found that 50% of Australians believe that non-physical abuse between partners can be difficult to recognise. This was higher among younger people (aged 18-34), with 58% in this age group believing these kinds of behaviours can be tough to spot.

Our Watch has developed this campaign to help people recognise the different types of abuse and to understand that they should not be overlooked or excused.

What about physical abuse?

Physical abuse is a serious and harmful form of abuse. It can sometimes be called physical violence. Non-physical abuse is often a pre-cursor to physical abuse and it also common for non-physical and physical abuse to occur at the same time.

If you, a child, or another person is in immediate danger, call 000.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any type of abuse call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au

If you’re worried about your own behaviour and would like support or information, please call MensLine on 1300 78 99 78 (24 hours) or visit their website... Visit the MensLine Australia website .

For other services please visit our Help and support page .

Media enquiries

To contact Our Watch's media team, please email media@ourwatch.org.au or phone 0448 844 930.

Find campaign materials for promotion and social sharing here .