Family violence

Family violence refers broadly to any form of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour within a family or family-like relationship. This might occur in a relationship with a spouse, domestic partner, relative or anyone you’re close with.

Family violence is any abusive behaviour with an intent to control, dominate or assert power. It includes intimate partner violence, ex-partner violence, child abuse and elder abuse.

In an abusive relationship, a person may experience more than one type of family violence, such as:

  • physical abuse
  • controlling or dominating behaviour
  • spiritual or religious abuse
  • stalking
  • emotional or psychological abuse
  • intimidation or threats
  • verbal abuse
  • financial abuse
  • social abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • reproductive coercion.

What to do

Contact the Safer Community Unit and ask to speak to a Family Violence Contact Officer – they’re experienced in family violence and privacy issues.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence (or you suspect someone else is being subjected to it), we encourage you to make a report online to the Safer Community Unit.

Getting support

Support for students

If you’re experiencing family violence or helping a family member in this situation, you may need support.

We provide a wide range of support to anyone impacted by family violence. The Safer Community Unit can give you confidential advice on how to deal with your particular situation, or you can access our counselling services.

For more information, see getting help and support.

Support for staff

We recognise that if you’re experiencing family violence (or helping a family member in this situation) it may affect your attendance or performance at work, and you may need support.

In these situations, you may be able to take leave of absences or adopt flexible work arrangements. We can also provide you with security arrangements, safe accomodation, and access to counselling.

For more information, see our Family Violence Support Procedure (pdf, 0.18 mb).

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