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Family Violence

Overview

Family violence is behaviour of another family member that makes you fearful, makes you do things you don’t want to, or is used to control you. 

Family violence is not just physical violence or threats of violence. It can include forms of financial, emotional and psychological abuse. It also includes children seeing, hearing or experiencing the effects of violence.

The definition of family member is broad and covers current and former spouses, partners, siblings, children, parents, grandparents and step-family relationships, as well as other relatives and other intimate or family-type relationships.

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