Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone and can take many forms.

It’s an abuse of power and control that usually involves a pattern of violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, ex-partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear.

Domestic violence is in every community and can affect anyone regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location.

Women and children are overwhelmingly the victims of domestic and family violence, and perpetrators are overwhelmingly male.

A person does not need to be married or in a current relationship for it to be considered domestic violence.

It can be perpetrated by a partner, family member, carer, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Family violence

The term ‘family violence’ may mean different things to different people.

‘Family violence’ is the term used in several other states and territories in Australia to refer to ‘domestic violence’ or ‘intimate partner abuse’.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people prefer to use the term ‘family violence’ when referring to intimate partner abuse.

Family violence also encompasses abuse that occurs in the family context (ie siblings, parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles).

Click here for more information about the use of the term ‘family violence’ and resources about family violence in various communities.

If you believe that you or someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence, click here to see hwat support is available.