1.1.D.235 Domestic and/or family violence


This definition applies where the term 'domestic and/or family violence' is used in legislation or policy relating to social security payments. Examples include qualification for CrP, and the intent to claim provisions for vulnerable claimants.


Domestic and family violence occurs when someone tries to control their partner or other family members in ways that intimidate or oppress them. Controlling behaviours can include threats, humiliation ('put-downs'), emotional abuse, physical assault, sexual abuse, financial exploitation and social isolations, such as not allowing contact with family or friends.

Family violence means conduct, whether actual or threatened, by a person towards, or towards the property of, a member of the person's family that causes that or any other member of the person's family to fear for, or to be apprehensive about, his or her personal well being or safety.

Explanation: Domestic violence can include violence to someone who is not a family member, for example co-tenants and people in shared housing situations.

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for CrP - Extreme Circumstances (domestic & family violence), Qualification for CrP - Remaining in the Home after Removal of Family Member due to Domestic or Family Violence, Payability of CrP - Extreme Circumstances (domestic & family violence), Payability of CrP - remaining in the home after removal of a family member due to domestic or family violence, Contacting Services Australia about a claim

Last reviewed: 2 January 2019