What is family violence? - Interim FVROs
Family violence means:
- violence, or a threat of violence, by someone towards a family member, or
- any other behaviour that coerces or controls another family member, or causes them to be fearful.
Family violence is not just physical violence or threats of violence. It can include forms of financial, emotional and psychological abuse.
As this video explains, an application for an FVRO should include details about all forms of family violence that have happened.
Assaults and sexual assaults
Includes assaults, sexual assaults and other sexually abusive behaviour.
Other criminal behaviour
Can include other criminal behaviour such as kidnapping or holding a family member against their will.
Threats, stalking, derogatory remarks
Can include threats to hurt a family member either in person, in writing or online.
Stalking and cyber stalking
Publishing intimate images
Can include threatening to or actually publishing or distributing intimate personal images of a family member.
Can include repeated derogatory remarks such as unwanted or offensive texts.
Damaging your things or hurting pets
Damaging your things
Can include damaging or destroying things that you own, use, or have at your home, no matter who they belong to.
Hurting your pets
Can include killing, hurting or threatening to hurt a family animal or pet.
Withholding financial support
Can include unreasonably not letting you have financial independence.
Can include withholding financial support to meet your reasonable living expenses, and those of your children, if you are entirely or mainly dependent on that other person for financial support.
Keeping you from friends, family and culture
Family and friends
Can include keeping you from making or keeping connections with family and friends.
Can include keeping you from making or keeping connections with your culture.
Can include threats, demands, or pressure from your husband or his family, to you or your family, in relation to money or gifts exchanged in return for marriage.
Exposing children to family violence
Includes causing a family member who is a child to be exposed to any of the family violence behaviours listed above.
'Exposed to family violence' can include:
- hearing death threats or threats to injure someone
- seeing an assault
- comforting or helping a person who has been assaulted
- cleaning up after an assault
- being present when police or ambulance officers come to a violent incident.