A website for national family violence law is live to provide legal assistance for all people affected by domestic and family violence in Australia.
The abuse can happen in different ways. You do not need to be physically hurt to have experienced domestic and family violence.
Some examples of behaviours which may be domestic and family violence are listed here. Domestic and family violence is often about a pattern of behaviour that causes fear.
If you think you are experiencing domestic and family violence and want to talk to someone, see get help. Everyone has a right to feel safe and to live free from violence.
- Emotional and psychological abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Social abuse
- Financial abuse
- Spiritual abuse
- Damaging property
- Harassment or stalking
- Systems abuse
- Reproductive abuse
- Forced marriage
- Technology abuse
- Exposing a child to domestic and family violence
Who can experience domestic or family violence?
Men can experience violence as victims, and most men do not use domestic and family violence. Women can also use violence in relationships.
Research shows that domestic and family violence is most often done by men against women.
Men are most likely to experience violence by a stranger in a place of entertainment, while women are most likely to experience violence by someone they know in their home.
Research shows that domestic and family violence also happens in same-sex relationships.
Family Violence Law Help is a website by National Legal Aid for people affected by domestic and family violence. It has been funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
It was set up to help promote each State and Territory’s Family Advocacy and Support Service and to provide information for people affected by domestic and family violence.
In Australia, we have different laws and courts for issues that feel connected. You may find yourself involved in three separate legal systems. You may have:
• a Domestic Violence Order, which are orders made in the Local Court or Magistrates’ Court. The laws around Domestic Violence Orders are different in every State and Territory
• some family law issues, like making arrangements for your children, divorce, dividing property after separation or child support. Family law issues are usually dealt with in the Family Courts. Family law is the same across Australia, with some small differences in Western Australia
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