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Domestic violence occurs when one partner, often a male, attempts to physically or psychologically dominate and control the other, most commonly a female. Women and children, due to their vulnerability, are the most prevalent victims of violence or abuse in intimate relationships. Although less frequent, males can also be victims of domestic violence – it is not something to be ashamed of.

Domestic violence can take a number of forms and all are equally as hurtful. The most common forms of domestic violence are physical violence, including pushing, shaking, slapping and striking, and sexual abuse, commonly forcing an individual to engage in non consensual sexual activity. Threats of violence or death are also considered domestic abuse.

It is important to remember that no one has the right to be violent towards you and there are services available to help you, including Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services who can assist with financial compensation, counselling, relocation and other safety measures. For assistance complete our Online Enquiry Form now.

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