What is Domestic and Family Violence

“(Domestic) Intimate partner violence is a fundamental violation of human rights and involves an exploitation of power imbalances. It is predominately perpetrated by men against women and their children and is where one person uses a pattern of abusive and/or coercive behaviour and/or pursuit in order to control or dominate the other both in a relationship and after separation. This behaviour often repeats, may escalate and can result in death. It often follows a cycle. The most commonly acknowledged forms of domestic violence are physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional and social abuse and economic deprivation. The consequence of this behavior instills fear for personal safety and/or well-being and traumatizes women and children.” (Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN), 2010: Submission to DV Protection Act Legislative Review.)

Most domestic violence happens in relationships where people are, or have been, married, living together or dating. However people can experience domestic and family violence in their relationships with other family members. Older people or people with a disability may experience domestic and family violence from an unpaid carer such as a family member, friend or neighbour.  

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16 Days of Activism 2012: During the '16 Days of Activism' campaign in December 2012, BDVS held a community event to encourage people to stand up against domestic and family violence.