That Dress has returned to the Internet with the Salvation Army South African's campaign against domestic violence. The campaign photograph shows a heavily bruised woman wearing The dress and asks " Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" and the caption underneath reads " the only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has continued to speak publically about domestic violence in recent interviews for International Women's Day. She makes the point that abuse can have a number of forms, including financial,sexual, emotional and spiritual. She has listed some of the early warning signs of the various forms of abuse within a relationship, hoping that educating the community regarding recognising the signs of an abusive relationship may enable the victim to escape harm.

The things to look out for if you are concerned that you or a friend is enmeshed in an emotionally abusive relationship include: 


  • Using words like " jealous" and " controlling" to describe a partner
  • Cancelling plans with friends and family at the last minute, isolating you from friends and family with rude behaviour
  • A partner controlling what you are allowed to wear
  • Cutting a phone conversation short when a partner enters the room
  • Losing confidence,  making you feel confused or as if you are going " crazy"
  • Threatening violence against you, your pets or people you love
  • Public insults, comparing you unfavourably to others
  • Blaming you for all the problems in the relationship
  • Makes you feel scared
  • Yelling, sulking and deliberately breaking things you value
  • Saying things like " no one else will want you "

What to do?

Seek help from local support services

If you believe you may be an abusive partner, you can receive help via Relationships Australia : 1300 364 277

If you have experienced or at risk of domestic violence or sexual assault, you can receive help by calling 1800 RESPECT ( 1800 737 732)

Women's Law Centre : 1800 625 122

Domestic Violence legal Unit ( Legal Aid WA) : 92616254

Domestic Violence Advocacy Support Central ( police support with VRO applications) 92267370

Family Protection Unit : 95503948

Domestic Violence unit : 92503948


  • Find people who love and support you and listen to them
  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right, it probably isn't


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