WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Any controlling or abusive behaviour which harms your health, safety or well-being or the health, safety or well-being of a child, committed within the framework of a family. A family means anyone who is a person in a domestic relationship such as married persons (married according to any law or custom) who live together as husband and wife. It includes people living together in a relationship similar to marriage as well as parties who are of the same sex and that are / were dating, engaged or in a customary relationship. It also includes children in any “family” set-up.

It includes physical abuse or threat of physical abuse; emotional, verbal and psychological abuse; economic abuse; sexual abuse; intimidation; harassment; stalking; damage to or destruction of property or entry into your residence without consent.

REMEMBER TO TAKE PHOTO’S OF YOUR INJURIES IF THERE WAS PHYSICAL ABUSE AND TO KEEP RECORD OF THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT THE ABUSE OCCURRED AND ALSO WHEN IT OCCURRED.

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