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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 campaign 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. 

The stats

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

New 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 against women. 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 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 concerned about your behaviour and would like support or information, please call the Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 or head to ntv.org.au to chat online.

In an emergency, call 000. 


Our Watch have produced a multi-purpose practitioner resource. Unpacking Violence: a storytelling resource for understanding non-physical forms of abuse and the gendered drivers of violence against women will support prevention practitioners in their work to increase understanding that all forms of abuse are serious. It includes seven narrative stories as well as guidance notes assisting practitioners in undertaking prevention activities.

Visit the Our Watch page to download the resources

Watch the campaign videos

Here you will find two 30 second campaign videos raising awareness of different types of non-physical abuse, highlighting that there is no excuse for any abuse...