Are you concerned about your relationship? Is a current or former partner, family member, member of the household, or member of your extended family or kinship group behaving in a way that is threatening, abusive, violent, coercive or controlling; causing you to live in fear and do things against your will?
Domestic and family violence is often a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviours that could include:
- Emotional or psychological abuse such as verbal abuse, threats of violence, isolation, and undermining the victim’s sense of reality.
- Physical violence such as physical assault, non-fatal strangulation, and damage or harm to person, pets and property.
- Economic abuse such as denying a person reasonable financial autonomy or financial support - or accruing debt in their name.
- Sexualised violence such as sexualised assault and other abusive or coercive behaviour of a sexualised nature.
- Reproductive coercion or abuse. When a person is stopped from making their own choices about reproduction.
- Stalking and intimidation such as surveillance and harassment.
- Technology facilitated abuse whereby a perpetrator uses electronic devices and online services to monitor, control, threaten, harass or abuse a person.
- Systems abuse. Using services and systems to harm and control victims and/or incur costs.
- Spiritual or religious abuse in which spiritual or religious beliefs are used to scare, hurt or control a person.
If you would like to connect with a domestic violence service, you can search our Directory for services across the country.
Source: Insight Exchange (DVSM)