Family violence is any behaviour that controls or dominates a family member and causes them to fear for their own or other family members' safety or well-being.
It can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional or economic abuse. Any situation that causes a child to hear, witness, or otherwise be exposed to the effects of those behaviours also falls into this category.
Broad family, past relationships and 'family-like' relationships are included in the law (Family Violence Protection Act 2008).
If you or someone you know has been the victim of family violence, you can report this behaviour and/or seek support from Safer Community.