Domestic and family violence is a pattern of abusive
behaviour. It is the use of violence and abuse by one person to gain and
maintain power over another person with whom they are in a close personal or
Domestic and family violence:
Domestic and family violence can include the following sorts
Psychological or emotional abuse: For example,
attempts to make you feel worthless or afraid, using intimidation threats to
hurt you, your children or your pets, or threats of suicide.
Physical abuse: This is the use of violence to hurt,
control or intimidate you. This may include hitting, punching, slapping,
kicking, strangling or using weapons.
Sexual abuse: This is the use of sex as a way to
control, hurt and intimidate you. This may include sexual assault, forcing you
to view pornography, or participate in other unwanted sexual acts.
Financial abuse: This includes restricting access to
money, threatening to withdraw financial support or making you responsible for
debts that are not your own. This can affect your ability to care for your
family or leave an abusive relationship.
Social control: This includes isolating you from your
family, friends and the community by restricting access to family or cultural
events and activities like religious meetings or education.
Stalking: This is when a person follows or watches
you, or visits places where they know you will be, to try and monitor your
whereabouts and intimidate you.
Intimidation: This is abusive behaviour to make you
fearful. It can be obvious or subtle. It includes threatening statements, looks
or gestures, or other behaviour that makes you feel afraid.
Harassment: This is repeated and unwanted contact by
the abusive person. It can include contact made directly, by phone, email or on
social networking websites, or through another person.