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What is Domestic and Family Violence?

Domestic and family violence occurs when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person. Abuse is not always physical—it can be emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, or any other form of controlling behaviours that cause the person being abused to live in fear.

Domestic and family violence occurs among people of all ages, education, cultural and racial groups, sexuality and socioeconomic status. It can occur between people in spousal, intimate personal, family or informal care relationships.

For information about the signs of domestic and family violence, and how it can affect people, click here.

Are you worried about yourself or someone you care about?

There is support and advice available.

DV Connect Womensline – 1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline – 1800 600 636

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