Peak body explains what family violence is and how to stop it
Family violence touches the lives of many, and ripples through our communities.
Over the past few years we have seen a growing community awareness about family violence.
Naturally, people are curious. Who causes it? What causes it? Why does it happen? Can it happen to anyone? Could it happen to me; my daughter; my son? Family violence can be a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviours that take many different forms. Family violence is: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, social, and financial.
It happens within intimate relationships as well as between family members and is rarely an isolated incident.
Family violence is predominantly perpetrated by men against women, children and other men.