Domestic Violence and Abuse
Domestic violence is common in Australia. While it can be called many names, domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour through which one person seeks to control and dominate another person.
Domestic violence is not a single incident but rather an ongoing behaviour that targets the victim’s confidence and ability to defend themselves. Violence tends to escalate and become more frequent over time.
Physical violence is the most obvious form of domestic violence but by far not the only one. Here are examples of non-physical violence:
isolating a victim from family and friends
controlling their access to money
diminishing their self-esteem through insults
preventing them from practicing their religious beliefs
intimidating them, and
Here are some resources for those affected by domestic / intimate partner violence
If you are a member of the LGTBQI+ community and experience domestic violence or intimate partner violence, you can find help here: