What Are Our Rights

Our Constitution provides that:

The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) provides protections to people affected by Domestic Violence.

The DVA provides that Domestic Violence includes a number of behaviours where they cause harm or imminent harm to safety, health or wellbeing within a domestic relationship. These behaviours include:

The DVA provides that a Domestic Relationship is one where two people:

The most important thing to know about Domestic Violence, no matter what the abuser tells you and no matter whether you have seen it happen to yourself or anyone else before, is that it is not right and it is not your fault

There is no justification for Domestic Violence. Because Domestic Violence happens to so many people and is seen by so many people, the effect is that it is often thought to be a normal part of marriage or relationships. This is called ‘normalisation’. By speaking up and educating yourself, your children and others about domestic violence, you can stop the normalisation process and fight for freedom and equality in your family and community.