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Domestic and family violence is a crime that takes many forms. It's defined in the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007.
It's a crime that often goes unreported to police.
It involves an abuse of power, mainly perpetrated by men in an intimate partner relationship or after separating from the relationship. It extends beyond physical violence and may involve the exploitation of power imbalances and patterns of abuse.
Some examples of domestic and family violence crimes are:
Police will respond to all reports of domestic and family violence. Officers are committed to using all lawful means to police this crime, including:
(Source: NSW Police)
For more information about Domestic Violence law visit:
01 Sep 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
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