It can be difficult to work out if what you are experiencing in your relationship is abuse or not. Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse; it also includes emotional, verbal, psychological, economic and sexual abuse.
In general, New Zealand women and girls enter relationships without a firm understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like and what are the signs of domestic violence and abuse. Inner City Women’s Group wants to promote an informed, shared understanding of domestic violence for individual women, the professionals they might turn to for help and for everyone interested in knowing more about signs of abuse.
We have developed the 1 in 3 Be Free App in partnership with Omnispex, as a valuable resource that can help women of all ages, learn more about the dynamics of domestic violence and link them with support agencies to help them access safety.Try Our App Online
The name ‘1 in 3 Be Free’ is based on the statistic that one in three women in New Zealand will experience physical and/or sexual abuse from a partner or ex-partner at some point in their life*. Inner City Women’s Group knows from working directly with women affected by violence that financial, verbal, psychological, physical and sexual abuse are often misunderstood and downplayed, and often abusive behaviour is dismissed by friends and family as ‘normal’. We want to help women understand that experiencing abuse and violence is not normal and help is available.
The 1 in 3 Be Free App can help you screen for abuse in your relationship and connect you with support services in your area.
Please consider donating to Inner City Women’s Group to support the development and maintenance of the 1 in 3 Be Free App.Donate To Inner City Women's Group *Fanslow, JL et al. (2011). Sticks, Stones, or Words? Counting the Prevalence of Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence Reported by New Zealand Women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 20, 741–759. 27