Family violence is behaviour that is used to control, dominate, threaten or force a family member through fear. It includes:
- Physical abuse – which includes hitting, punching, kicking, choking or pushing.
- Sexual abuse – which includes exerting pressure on someone to engage in sexual activities with which they do not feel comfortable.
- Emotional or psychological abuse – controlling who a person can see or calling them derogatory names.
- Economic abuse – controlling how someone can spend their money or preventing someone from accessing their money.
- Threatening behaviour – threatening to cause harm to someone, a loved one, personal belongings or a pet.
- Coercive control – taking control of your everyday life, including where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep.