What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the use of violence, threats, intimidation and manipulation tactics or force to gain power and control over others causing fear. The overwhelming majority of those who experience domestic violence are women and children. The abuse is often systematic and increases in frequency and severity over time. All abuse is damaging including psychological and emotional abuse. Abuse is never ok. We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.
Domestic violence cuts across socio-economic, educational and cultural aspects and family structures. Domestic violence occurs in:
- Current and past heterosexual and same sex relationships,
- Between family members including children and live-in carers.
The Family Law Act 1975 (Section 4AB) defines the meaning of family violence, the elements defining the violence and includes the type of child exposures considered as a form of family violence against the child. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/fla1975114/s4ab.html