Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence

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Violence in the family

Violence in the family (domestic violence, violence in the immediate vicinity) can take different forms. In the case of children, it ranges from neglect to the use of physical violence (slaps, blows, etc.) and psychological violence to sexual abuse in the immediate vicinity and sexual exploitation (child pornography). Women are also affected by violence - for example in psychological, physical or sexualised form. One speaks of economic (financial) violence, for example, when the woman does not have her own income, this is exploited by the partner and insufficient money is made available.

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Affected by violence

Men not only engage in acts of violence, they can also be affected by violence - in the family area, for example, through psychological violence (such as verbal humiliation) and also outside the family through violence between men. Sometimes, however, they are perceived differently or not at all in public as victims. Within the family, it is also the elderly who are confronted with violence against them. Acts of violence are also directed against family members with disabilities. In any case, the stronger person abuses his power against weaker members of the family - often repeatedly. Last but not least, violence can also be directed against itself. You can find information on suicide at www.suizid-praevention.gv.at.

You can find more information on violence, its various forms, help and addresses on the following websites:

  • www.gewaltinfo.at (comprehensive information on the topic and search for help offers)
  • www.bmfj.gv.at (violence in close social areas, women)
  • www.oesterreich.gv.at (help for violent people)

Nonviolent upbringing

The use of violence as a form of education is not permitted by law in Austria. More detailed information on the legal situation and non-violent upbringing is available at

  • www.gewaltinfo.at
  • www.oesterreich.gv.at and
  • www.kinderrechte.gv.at

Information and tips for parents on various (educational) topics can be found at www.eltern-bildung.at.

Violence & Abuse in Children

Children have a right to protection from violence and abuse. Violence comes in many different forms, such as breaking sexual boundaries. But even if children are not directly affected, they hear acts of violence in the family and suffer from it.

Emergency calls & hotlines

  • Police emergency number 133 and Euro emergency number 112
  • Child emergency number 0800-567 567
  • Victim hotline 0800-112 112 (Ministry of Justice)
  • Advice on the wire 147
  • Emergency number for the deaf and hearing impaired by SMS and fax to 0800-133 133 or email to gehoerlosennotruf [at] police [dot] gv [dot] at

Advice centers, information & links

  • www.familienberatung.gv.at (search for advice centers)
  • www.gewaltinfo.at of the Ministry of Family Affairs (search for advice in the federal states as well as information on institutions that offer help)
  • www.kinderrechte.gv.at of the Ministry of Family Affairs (information, brochures, etc.)
  • www.kija.at of the child and youth advocacy board in Austria
  • www.kinderschutz.at of the Austrian Child Protection Association
  • www.gewalt-ist-nie-ok.at of Austria's autonomous women's shelters (information for children and young people on domestic violence)

Information on sexual abuse, what to do if there is a suspicion and addresses can be found in the brochure (K) a safe place. Sexual violence against children by the Ministry of Family.

Additional Information:

  • Bullying (bullying) & violence in school (at school) and
  • Adolescents & sexual violence

Violence in the immediate vicinity

Violence in couple relationships, in a marriage, against members of the family. Regardless of the context - it must not be tolerated. Various measures are available in Austria to separate perpetrators and victims, as well as to take legal action against perpetrators. Numerous agencies offer support and help. The website www.gewaltinfo.at of the Ministry of Family Affairs offers information on the following topics:

  • Children & Violence
  • Women & Violence
  • elderly & violence
  • Men & Violence
  • as well as the questions "What can be done" and "Where can you find help in the federal states?"

Emergency call & helpline

  • Police emergency number 133 and Euro emergency number 112
  • Women's helpline 0800-222 555
  • Women's emergency number of the City of Vienna 01-71 71 9
  • Victim hotline 0800-112 112 (Ministry of Justice)
  • Emergency number for the deaf and hearing impaired by SMS and fax to 0800-133 133 or email to gehoerlosennotruf [at] police [dot] gv [dot] at

Help & advice

  • You can look for help and advice for women, men, older people, children, young people and relatives of those affected in the federal states at www.gewaltinfo.at.
  • You can also find addresses at www.familienberatung.gv.at.
  • Help and support are available from the violence protection centers (intervention centers for violence in the federal states).
  • Information and addresses for deaf women are available at www.schreigegengewalt.at.
  • Information for women - e.g. on protection against violence can be found on the website of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. You will also find a list of auxiliary facilities in Austria here.
  • You can find information and advice for men on issues such as violence at www.maenner.at.
  • Tips, information and addresses on the subject of violence are available at www.oesterreich.gv.at.
  • The brochure Women Have Rights from the Federal Chancellery of Austria for women affected by violence offers legal information and practical tips.

Live with anger

In principle, anger is a natural feeling that is simply part of life. However, if the handling of anger is no longer controllable, professional help is important. For more information, see Anger - A Heated Feeling. You can find help for violent people at www.oesterreich.gv.at.

Bullying at work

For more information on workplace bullying and mental health at work, see Mental Health & Work.

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