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Can they do this to me?

Being bullied at school
Is this discrimination?
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Clash or match?

What if they are older than me?
Long distance loving
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Getting it together - friends, girlfriends, boyfriends

Getting serious - or not
Personal space
How can I make my relationship work?
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Getting through the hard stuff

Surviving sexual assault - (young men)
Surviving sexual assault - (young women)
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Happy families

Where can I go for help with getting along with my family?
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Love or creepy?

Scary dates
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Male and female

Challenge the old ways
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Playing safe online

Grossing me out
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What can I do about an abusive relationship?

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When is it not okay?

Am I being abusive?
What about child abuse?
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Who can help?

If you are in danger call 000 or
tell someone you can trust

If you would just like to talk to
someone, help is at your fingertips ...

All the services below are available and free* for young people to use.
All the 1800 numbers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The person you speak to will be an experienced counsellor, not the police, not a government department.
You will not have to give your name.

* Please note that all mobile phone calls made from within Australia to Kids Helpline—using Optus (including Virgin), Vodafone, and Telstra—and 1800 Respect—using Telstra—are now free.

Relationship Advice

Are you having problems with a friend, partner or family member or would you just like to talk to someone about where to "draw the line"?

Call 1800 MYLINE (1800 695 463)
or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Online Safety and Cyberbullying

Are you being bullied online or has something happened online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or sad?

Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
or go to the Kids Helpline online
counselling service

Relationship Violence

Are you or have you been:

  • scared of someone hurting you?
  • sexually assaulted?
  • concerned about violence in a relationship with a friend, partner or family member?

Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or
talk to a counsellor online.

Crisis Support, Suicide and Mental Health

If you would like to talk to someone about anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicidal thoughts or attempts:

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14

To find out how to report cyberbullying, offensive content, scams or online abuse, or just find out more about cybersafety, check out the Cybersmart website.

You can also download the Cybersafety Help Button to your computer for help and advice on a range of online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

Legal rights and responsibilities

If you want some legal information you can go to the Lawstuff website and search in your state or territory. If you can't find what you want, you can send a legal question to Lawmail. Lawyers will reply to your message as quickly as possible, usually within 6 days.

Assisted Call Services

For the Translating and Interpreting Service please call 13 14 50. If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment, you can call the National Relay Service on 13 36 77.

Your Questions

Read responses from our expert psychologist, to some of the most commonly faced issues

The questions and answers below on this page help provide advice to others who may be in a similar situation. Please note the advice provided on this page is of a general nature and not specific to any individual or personal circumstance.

Please do not send questions raising urgent issues. If you need help, see our contact details for free counselling services.

The circumstances described in some of the questions below may raise legal issues. We suggest that contact be made with the Police or with a lawyer to find out what assistance or options may be available in these circumstances.

Previous Questions

My best friend's boyfriend is pressuring her to send him nudie photos of herself. She tries to laugh it off but I know she is really uncomfortable. What can I do?

Yes - sometimes it's easier for us to laugh off situations that are uncomfortable, than to actually look at what's making us uncomfortable!? This can be a recipe for disaster. While you can see your friend under pressure to perhaps cross her own line, she may be experiencing a confusing mix of feelings. Before checking out all the mega-consequences of submitting to her boyfriends' pressure, she may need time to reflect on how she feels about actually being asked by him to take such a step! Your friend may really benefit from a gentle, supportive invitation from you to explore what she's uncomfortable about. However, when you raise it with her, try not to use language that sounds like you're judging or blaming her. Rather, maybe try something like this formula: I see that you kind of laugh when this comes up, I imagine it would sometimes be confusing to know what to do in this kind of situation, I feel concerned for you and I would like to be here as your best friend to listen while you try to work out where you're at.
If your friend starts exploring this dilemma with you, you may find that the more confidential listening time you give her to reflect on what's going on, the more emotions may initially come up: this is an issue that can go to her values and how she sees herself. Eventually, she may look at a number of different responses to her boyfriends' request. She may become clearer on where and how she draws the line with him.

You can then help her go through the bunch of possible consequences of agreeing to take and transmit pics: scariest among these being the potential for total loss of privacy through the transmission of the pics through computer and phone networks across the neighbourhood and the world.

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Legal lines: Also your friend may not be aware that possessing naked images of someone under the age of eighteen on their mobile phone or computer may potentially constitute a "child pornography" offence (or similar) for the purposes of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT), and various State and Territory child pornography laws. So depending on the age of your friend and his girlfriend, your friend could be at risk of being charged and prosecuted for such conduct - something they probably aren't thinking about in the heat of the moment.

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