What is Domestic & Family Violence
Indigenous Communities often prefer the term “family violence" due to the expanded understanding of relationships it presents,
in contrast to the traditional understanding of domestic violence being between people who are spouses.
A definition was offered in the ATSIC report 1992 Tjunparni: Family Violence in Indigenous Australia.
"The beating of a wife or other family members, homicide, suicide and other self inflicted injury, rape, child abuse, and child sexual abuse,
incest and the sale of younger family members for misuse by others as a way of obtaining funds for drinking or gambling. When we
talk of family violence, we need to remember that we are not talking about serious physical injury alone but also verbal
harassment, psychological and emotional abuse and economic deprivation". (Mow 1992, p10)