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Domestic and family violence is any behaviour in an intimate or family relationship which is violent, threatening, coercive or controlling, causing a person to live in fear.
Domestic and family violence can happen in intimate relationships, including:
Domestic and family violence can also happen in family relationships, including:
Domestic and family violence can impact anyone and happens in every community, all cultures, and to people in every age and income group. However, gender is the biggest risk factor for domestic violence. Women and their children are most at risk of domestic violence from their current of former partners.
Domestic and family violence includes different types of behaviours used to control, dominate, humiliate or make someone fearful. These behaviours include:
This definition comes from the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform It Stops Here: Standing together to end domestic and family violence in NSW.
31 Aug 2023
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.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.