Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, at any time, no matter their age, gender, sexual orientation, geographic location, cultural or religious beliefs, or economic status.
St.George defines domestic and family violence as behaviour by a person towards a current or former family member that:
- Is physically or sexually abusive;
- Is emotionally or psychologically abusive;
- Is economically abusive (limiting access to money or impacting overall financial wellbeing);
- Is threatening or coercive;
- Controls or dominates the family member in any other way, causing that family member to fear for their safety or wellbeing, or that of a family member or another person; or
- Causes a child to hear, witness, or otherwise be exposed to the effects of other domestic and family violence behaviours.
Every person’s situation is unique and the right actions for you will depend on your individual circumstances. We can help you as you make decisions about your circumstances.