You must report serious domestic violence to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. This is called mandatory reporting.

If someone is in danger now, call police on 000.

In some situations, you must report domestic violence to the NT Police. This is called mandatory reporting. Mandatory reporting means you must report domestic violence (DV) if:
There is a domestic relationship (relatives or people living together: step-parents, housemates, girlfriends, boyfriends, babysitters, carers, ex-partners)
AND
There is some type of domestic violence (physical, emotional, causing fear, stalking, financial, or harm to property or pets)
AND
You believe for good reasons that:

  • Someone was badly hurt AND/OR
  • Someone is likely to get badly hurt or killed.

You don’t have to report DV if:
Someone else already reported it
OR
You or someone else will be hurt if you report it
OR
You are making someone safe before you report.

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Text based resources about this topic

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Domestic and family violence: How to report

This web page tells you how to report domestic and family violence.

Facts about: Domestic violence

This fact sheet has information about domestic violence.

Safety Planning

This booklet explains what a safety plan is and gives information to help you make one.

Domestic Violence support
This page has phone number for places that help with domestic violence Darwin and surrounds.
Watch videos about this topic

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Our Right to Safety and Respect

In this 20-minute video, women with disabilities speak about their experiences of violence and abuse.

They talk about how they found ways to speak up and be heard and get support to live free from violence and abuse.

The video includes captions, Auslan interpreting and an audio description option for people with vision impairment.

The video guide has extra information, discussion questions and is available in Plain English and Easy English formats.

 

Resources to listen to

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Our Right to Safety

In this 20-minute audio piece , women with disabilities speak about their experiences of violence and abuse.

They talk about how they found ways to speak up and be heard and get support to live free from violence and abuse.

There is a guide withextra information, discussion questions and is available in Easy English format.

http://www.wdv.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FINAL-for-web.pdf

 

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Do I have to report domestic violence?

This poster helps you know when to report domestic violence.

Click here to view Do I have to report domestic violence?

Glossary: What these words mean

domestic and family violence
When one person uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to try and control another person in a domestic relationship. Domestic violence includes:

  • what someone says
  • what someone does
  • what someone threatens to do.

Domestic violence can include damaging property, controlling money, or controlling where a person goes and who they see.

mandatory reporting

In the Northern Territory, it is mandatory (compulsory) for any adult to tell the police if they think a child (person under 18 years old):

  • has been harmed, exploited, or a victim of a sexual offence
  • will be harmed, exploited, or a victim of a sexual offence.

This is called mandatory reporting.

Harm also includes seeing and hearing domestic and family violence. Under Northern Territory law, all adults must report serious domestic and family violence to the police.

domestic relationship
Domestic relationships are relationships covered by domestic violence law:

  • husband or wife
  • boyfriend or girlfriend
  • partner or ex-partner
  • sister or brother
  • aunt or uncle
  • grandparent or grandchild
  • nephew, niece, or cousin
  • carer
  • any person who lives in the same house.

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