Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a complex issue and can take many forms. It involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control or dominate a person, causing them to fear for their own (or someone else’s) safety. It can include physical, psychological, financial or sexual abuse and other controlling behaviours. It is often the reason people seek assistance from a health service.

Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community and occurs in all types of intimate partnership regardless of class, culture, sexuality, economic status or gender. Those at an increased vulnerability include women with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from a culturally diverse background and pregnant women.

Anyone in immediate danger should call the police on Triple Zero (000).