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Who experiences it?

People of all ages, ethnicities and social groups can be victims of domestic and family violence. Poor people, rich people and people in all sorts of relationships can also be victims. Domestic and family violence involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour and is about power and control.

Domestic and family violence happens in lots of different relationships including:

  • married and de facto couples
  • boyfriends and girlfriends
  • long term residents in the same residential facility
  • carers
  • relatives
  • for Aboriginal people, extended family or kin.

It does not matter if someone is still in the relationship or if it has ended.

Domestic and family violence is mostly committed by men against women.

Some individuals and groups may be more likely to experience domestic and family violence including:

  • Aboriginal people
  • women with disability
  • women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ)
  • younger women
  • older women
  • pregnant women
  • people living in remote or rural communities
  • women with mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues, and
  • children living in a family where violence occurs.

It’s generally acknowledged that the numbers of domestic violence assaults are underreported by victims mostly due to fear of more violence, feelings of shame, or thinking that the assault was too inconsequential.

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