About The Line

What exactly is The Line? And what happens when you cross it?

Sometimes there's no argument about where to draw the line. There are some things you should just never do. In Australia, we're united as a community about things that are unacceptable. Like violence, rape and abuse. These are things that should never happen, which is why we have laws against them.

We're also pretty united about what it takes to create happy and healthy relationships. There are some things that always work, like loving and respecting each other, being considerate, listening, and trying to understand the other person's point of view.

So while everyone agrees that violence is crossing the line, sometimes the line can be blurry. Things like with bagging someone out to your mates or texting someone 300 times a day. At the end of the day, where you draw the line is up to you. Explore the site and Facebook page and find a whole heap of stuff that will help you decide.

The Line campaign is managed by the Department of Social Services and is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022.

Crossing the line

Sometimes people make choices and do things which are unmistakably crossing the line.

When it comes to healthy relationships, there are a few important things to consider to ensure you are always on the right side of the line. Like trust, respect and open communication.

Crossing The LineRespecting The Line
Intentionally using violence (directly or indirectly) against another person. Using open and honest communication to help solve your problems, rather than resorting to violent or aggressive behaviour or emotional or psychological abuse.
Making threats to intimidate (directly or indirectly) another person who believes the threats will be carried out. Giving others some personal space when they need it. Not just physical space, but also by limiting things like calls, Facebook, MySpace and texts.
Stalking another person at a place where they are known to visit regularly (home, work, social or leisure) Building relationships with people around you based on trust and respect, and looking out for your friends when they need help or advice with their relationships.
Using threats to cause fear or hurt towards another person. Helping your friends by helping to stop the spread of rumours and photos which could cause hurt to someone.
Forcing or tricking another into sexual acts against their will or consent. Obtaining consent from the other person for all sexual activity.
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