If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, or call 000 (Australian emergency number) or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) (advice)

To leave this site quickly, click the Quick Exit button

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About this site

About this site

About this site

The Lookout is a place where Victorian family violence workers and other professionals in universal and mainstream services can find information, evidence-based resources and services to help them respond to family violence.

The Lookout has been developed by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) with funding from the Victorian Government as part of its commitment to addressing violence against women and children. 

We welcome feedback about any aspect of this site. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.


We're committed to providing an accessible and equitable service to our community. We aim to comply with, and where possible exceed, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to at least AA standard.

For information on how to make the web easier to use, whatever your abilities, visit the BBC’s ‘My Web My Way’ page .

About the ‘Quick Exit’ button

The ‘Quick Exit’ button is a common feature on many domestic violence-related sites. It allows a user to quickly leave the website if they are being watched by their abuser.

Clicking on the ‘Quick Exit’ button at the top right hand corner of any page on The Lookout will bring up a Google search page so it’s not immediately noticeable that the user has been visiting our site. However it’s important to be aware that it will not clear The Lookout from the user’s browser history or ‘back’ button.

If your internet connection is slow or takes time to respond, you should have another browser window open on the Google homepage so you can quickly switch to this window if you need to.

You can do this quickly by:

  • Holding down the Alt key, then tapping Esc (if using a PC)
  • Holding down Command key and then tapping ~ (if using a Mac)

The safest option is always to use a computer which a perpetrator doesn’t have access to – for example, a library computer or at a trusted family member’s house. Visit the DVRCV website to learn more about how to keep safe when using the internet and your phone.

If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, or call 000 for emergency assistance or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for family violence advice and support.