Domestic violence (DV) is any type of abusive behaviour perpetrated towards someone within a domestic relationship. This extends to in-laws and cousins etc, but generally relates to violence within the home.
There can also be an element of power and control occurring with one partner using abusive behaviour to control and manipulate the other.
There are different types of domestic violence apart from physical violence. Verbal and emotional abuse, psychological abuse and financial abuse are also classified as DV. DV often results in one partner feeling isolated, not knowing how to make a change or escape the patterns of violence.
While men can be victims of an abusive partner, often there is a gendered pattern of DV in society. Women, and often their children, are more commonly the victims of violence. DV affects a woman’s sense of security, their identity and their relationships. DV can affect the attachment that a child has with their mum as well.