Domestic and family violence

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What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence is when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control the other person. Domestic and family violence is usually an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner through fear.

Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone. It happens:

  • in every community
  • in all cultures
  • to young and old
  • to wealthy and poor
  • to men and women.

If you are experiencing abuse or violence it is not your fault. It is the abuser who is responsible.

In Australia:

  • 1 in 4 women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.
  • The equivalent of one woman per week is murdered by a partner or former partner.
  • Almost 10 women a day are hospitalised with injuries inflicted by a partner or former partner.
  • 1 in 20 men have experienced domestic violence.