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WHAT IS FAMILY VIOLENCE?

Psychological violence includes:

  • Yelling, shouting, threatening or name-calling.

  • Constantly criticising or humiliating someone.

  • Damaging property & possessions or harming pets to scare someone.

  • Making someone feel isolated and alone.

  • Threatening to take the children away or hurt them.

  • Making someone feel scared of what might happen next.

Sexual abuse includes:

  • Forcing someone to have sex or do other sexual acts they don't want to do.

  • Touching someone in a way they don't want.

  • Frequently accusing someone of sleeping with other people.

  • Forcing someone to watch porn.

Physical abuse includes:

  • Hitting and punching.

  • Biting, pushing, choking or pulling hair.

  • Making someone drink or take drugs when they don't want to.

  • Using or threatening to use weapons.

Financial abuse includes:

  • Taking someone’s money or property.

  • Running up debts in someone else’s name.

  • Misusing power of attorney.

  • Pressuring someone into paying money.

Neglect includes:

  • Not providing food, clothing and warmth.

  • Leaving dependants alone or with someone who is unsafe.

  • Not providing comfort, attention and love.

  • Not providing medical treatment.

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