Domestic and Family Violence Information

In your relationship you have the right to:

  • express your opinions and have them respected (even if your partner does not agree with you)
  • take the relationship at your own pace
  • have your feelings about any sexual activities respected and accepted
  • have your physical and emotional needs treated as equally important to your partner’s
  • not be abused.

Domestic and family violence can include:

  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • stalking and harassment
  • financial abuse
  • physical abuse
  • damaging property to frighten you
  • social abuse
  • spiritual abuse (
  • sexual abuse
  • depriving you of the necessities of life such as food, shelter and medical care.

Domestic & family violence can be threats to:

  • hurt or kill you, your children, pets, relatives, friends or work colleagues
  • damage your personal items to frighten and intimidate you
  • take away your freedom of movement
  • stop taking care of you
  • disclose your sexual orientation to other people against your wishes
  • commit suicide, harm themselves, or threaten to harm themselves to intimidate and control you.

Every year people die from domestic and family violence, even when there has been no history of physical violence. All forms of violence and controlling, obsessive and jealous behaviours should be taken seriously

Published by Trauma Assist

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