Family violence happens much more commonly and involves a much broader range of behaviours than many people realise. It can happen to a person from any socio-economic or cultural background. Regardless of gender or sexuality, an abuser may be from a current or past intimate relationship, could be a carer or guardian, or another family member (including step family).
It is also important to understand that family violence includes emotional and psychological abuse. This means actions like name calling, put downs and swearing, as well socially isolating a family member. It also involves preventing family members from spending time with certain people, or going where they wish.
The scope of family violence is wide, and Intervention Orders are part of a strategy to ensure the safety of all members of our community. For more information visit: familyviolence.courts.vic.gov.au