Domestic violence is often thought of as being mainly about physical abuse of a female by her male partner, but domestic violence can be any behaviour used to exert POWER and CONTROL over a person through fear. 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.

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

Physical Abuse

Can be direct assaults on the body using objects or weapons; scratching, pulling out your hair, spitting on you, burning you, 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 / Economic 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.

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 Abuse, also known as Emotional Abuse

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.

Technological Abuse, also known as 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.

Sexual Abuse

Any forced or unwanted sexual contact or activity.


Get the help you need now by calling DVConnect

Call 1800 600 636

Tom contacted DVConnect and was grateful Police had arranged an agency to initiate contact with him and offer help. Tom appreciated the seriousness of the situation and the critical need for change to benefit himself and all family members.

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