Family violence is when someone behaves abusively towards a family member. It is part of a pattern of behaviour that controls or dominates a person and causes them to fear for their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.
Most people use Family and Domestic Abuse or Violence synonymously. At impact, we prefer the term Relationship Violence to also include 'trusted others' including close family friends, doctors, teachers and clergy.
Most judiciaries consider, when the abuse is perpetrated by close family members or 'trusted' others, to also fall under this definition.
Relationship Abuse is not just about hitting, stabbing, choking, burning or killing.. although these and other forms of physical violence is one of the most dangerous form of violence often leading to physical injury or death.