Family and domestic violence is a crime. It is behaviour that results in physical, sexual and/or psychological damage, forced isolation, economic deprivation, or causes the victim(s) to live in fear. It can be experienced by people of all classes, religions, ethnicity, ages, abilities and sexual preference.
Examples of criminal offences in family and domestic violence situations include physical, emotional, psychological and sexual assault. Family and domestic violence also includes actions like making threats to a person’s safety, stalking, damaging or stealing property, harming a person’s pet, breaching restraining orders and it extends to dominating, controlling, isolating and restricting the freedom of another person.