About Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is more common than you think: about one in three women experience domestic violence at some time in their life, and one woman a week is killed due to intimate partner violence.

Domestic violence occurs in an intimate relationship when one person (overwhelmingly male) tries to gain and maintain power and control over the other person (overwhelmingly female). It is a pattern of behaviour and can take many forms, including violence, threats, humiliation and isolation.  It generates fear in those targeted.  Sometimes the abuse is obvious, as in the case of physical or verbal abuse. Sometimes it is less obvious, such as emotional or psychological abuse. Usually it occurs in the home so it is hidden from view.  Abusers often act differently in public so family and friends may have no idea it is happening.  It is often very difficult and dangerous for women to tell anyone they are being abused.

No form of abuse is acceptable: it is damaging to the woman, her family relationships, her children and the broader community.

Domestic violence can be experienced by any woman, of any age, any religion and any ethnic or economic background: they may be working in high earning jobs, or taking care of children.  They may be in heterosexual or same sex relationships.

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