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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and Family violence occurs when someone in a close relationship with you, makes you feel afraid, unsafe and powerless.

Domestic and Family Violence can happen in many forms, including social, emotional and physical violence and can occur to any culture, age or sex.

Victims often experience:

  • Fear
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Humiliation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Injury or death
  • Self-harming
  • Drug and Alcohol dependence


Psychologists distinguish five types of domestic violence or family violence, where different interventions are recommended for each type. 

Family violence affects both partners and children and can be improved by appropriate therapy.


The five types of family and domestic violence are:

  • Emotionally driven anger
  • Controlling aggression
  • Righteous anger
  • Cynicism
  • Manic behaviour.


If a member of your family is exposed to family violence and you would like to have their situation assessed to improve their ability to deal with their own situation, then contact our skilled psychologists on 8295 4150.


The Central Domestic Violence Service has a useful website with further information: http://www.cdvs.com.au/


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