What is domestic & family violence?


Domestic violence is often thought of as being mainly about physical abuse of a woman by her male partner. However, domestic violence can be displayed by women as well as men. Domestic violence is any behaviour, by either gender, that is used to exert POWER and CONTROL over a person through fear.

Types of domestic and family violence behaviours include: Financial abuse, stalking, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual/cultural abuse, damage to personal property, digital abuse, social abuse and psychological/emotional abuse

Domestic and family violence takes place in the context of an intimate partner relationship; against a previous intimate partner, within a family relationship, or in an informal care relationship. It is not exclusive to heterosexual relationships.

Domestic violence can occur with same-sex couples and other intimate relationships that exist in the LGBTIQ+ community.

Physical Abuse

Can be direct assaults on the body using objects or weapons; assault on children, being denied access to your home, deprivation of sleep or food.

Verbal Abuse

Constant put-downs, ridicule, name calling, humiliation in public or in private and insults around sexuality, body image, intelligence or parenting skills.

Social Abuse

Systematically controlling who you see, who you speak to or receive phone calls, messages or email from, where you go so that you become socially or geographically isolated from other people.

Financial Abuse

Refusing you access to money especially where the money is legally due to you, accumulating debt in your name, or preventing you from seeking or keeping employment. More

Damage to Personal Property

Using physical strength or violence to intimidate you by causing or threatening to cause damage to your property or valuables.

Psychological / Emotional

Behaviour and / or comments and taunts to undermine your sense of self, your personal security or which are likely to impose a sense of vulnerability around your personal safety or mental health and wellbeing.

Digital Abuse

This involves using technology to bully, harass or intimidate a partner, including threats to share / sharing private photos online without your consent. Controlling who you can and can’t be friends with on social media and sending insulting messages via digital platforms.

Spiritual / Cultural Abuse

Not allowing you to practice your chosen religion or cultural beliefs, or misusing religious or spiritual traditions to justify physical or other abuse towards you.


Constantly worrying or frightening you by following you, watching you, phoning, writing letters, or messaging you and waiting outside your home or workplace. More

Sexual Abuse

Any forced or unwanted sexual contact or activity.


Domestic violence is used by both genders. It includes verbal abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, damage to personal property, digital abuse, social abuse, financial abuse, stalking, sexual abuse and spiritual/cultural abuse. If you are experiencing this, please call Mensline, we can help you.


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