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Types of abuse

Different forms of violence and control

Family violence can be made up of many different behaviours.

Violent and controlling behaviour can fall into more than one category, or may not fit into any of the categories listed below. There is a range of ways people use violence and control, both common and uncommon. While only some aspects of family violence are criminal offences, any behaviour that causes someone to be controlled or feel afraid is unacceptable – regardless of whether or not it was intended to make them feel that way.