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Domestic Violence

According to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre, domestic and family violence occurs when someone in an intimate or familial relationship attempts to gain and/or maintain power and control over another through a wide range of abusive behaviours. Some of these behaviours may include:

  • Physical - punching, pushing, being injured with objects/weapons etc.
  • Verbal - constant put-downs, name calling etc.
  • Sexual - any forced or unwanted sexual contact/activity etc.
  • Social - controlling where you go, who you see, geographically isolating you.
  • Financial - being refused/denied access to money etc.
  • Damage to property - kicking a hole in the wall, scratching your car etc.
  • Psychological - behaviour and/or comments to undermine your sense of self etc.
  • Spiritual/Cultural - not allowing you to practise your chosen religion or cultural beliefs.
  • Stalking - worrying or frightening you by watching, phoning or following you. Stalking is a crime.

Domestic and family violence does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone regardless of their race, colour or religion. It can also happen in any part of our community and can affect all types of relationships (e.g. lesbian, gay, heterosexual). Domestic and family violence is not acceptable and can have far reaching consequences for you and your children. If you are being abused, talk to one of our friendly family lawyers who can talk to you about your options. Contact us today.

An article titled 'Domestic Violence and Children" looks at the effect of domestic and family violence on children.

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