For more information on the criminal laws that could be applied, please see family violence Laws.
There are many forms of violence, including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.
Family violence is not a new phenomenon—it has probably existed since the beginning of time.
Family violence is when someone uses abusive behaviour to control and/or harm a member of their family, or someone with whom they have an intimate relationship.
The different forms of abuse can also occur in a range of relationships and contexts.