Family and domestic violence takes many forms and occurs across all cultural groups, ages and sexual diversity groups.
Some abusive behaviours can be identified easily, while others are difficult to recognise. Many adult and child victims live with perpetrators who use coercive patterns of control and may not realise that what they are experiencing is family and domestic violence.
The term family and domestic violence most commonly refers to violence and abuse against an intimate partner (including same sex relationships and ex-partners) but can also occur between siblings, from adolescents to parents, or from family carers to a relative. It can include the abuse of children and young people, older people, people with a disability, and other family members.
Family and domestic violence may include: