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What is domestic violence?

Domestic and Family Violence is part of a cycle, it is not a one off event.

Domestic violence is abusive behaviour committed within a family context. It is a pattern of power and control that may lead to physical or sexual violence, damage to property or threats of these. It is also behavior that is emotionally or financially abusive or threatening, and can include taking away a person’s rights or freedom.

 

Domestic violence affects those who are the victims, their children and vulnerable family members, and the perpetrator themselves.

The pattern of power and control may lead to controlling the victim's money and their ability to make decisions for themselves.

A perpetrator may prevent their victim from observing cultural and religious practices, and their freedom to associate with friends and family.


A perpetrator may hurt the family pet, or make threats to kill or hurt other family members, or themselves. 


While women in heterosexual relationships are by far the largest group of victims, men and women in same sex relationships, family members such as older people, siblings, parents and adult children are also hurt within the cycle of domestic and family violence.

  Domestic Violence … is not acceptable in any community or culture and traditional practices cannot be relied on to minimize or excuse Domestic Violence.
(Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012)
 
Domestic Violence is often an overt or subtle expression of a power imbalance, resulting in one person living in fear of another, and usually invokes an ongoing pattern of abuse over a period of time.
(Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012)
 
Domestic Violence can have serious impacts on people who experience it, including physical, emotional and psychological harm, and can result in death.
(Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012)
 
Domestic Violence is most often perpetrated by men against women with whom they are in an intimate partner relationship and their children; however, anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of Domestic Violence.
(Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012)
 
Children who are exposed to Domestic Violence can experience serious physical, psychological and emotional harm.
  (Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012)