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Family Violence

Family Violence


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What is family violence?

Family violence is when someone intentionally uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to control and manipulate a spouse, partner or ex partner.

It is intentional and systematic and can increase in frequency and severity the longer the relationship goes on.

Family violence includes verbal and physical abuse, emotional abuse, including put downs, manipulation and isolation, financial abuse, sexual assault, threats of violence, stalking, coercion and intimidation, as well as contravening a Family Violence Order, or a Police Family Violence Order.

In Tasmania family violence is seen as a form of child abuse under child protection legislation. Children and young people are often affected by family violence.

Tasmania takes a very strong position on family violence – it is an offence under the Family Violence Act 2004.

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service

The Tasmanian Family Violence Counselling and Support Service (FVCSS) offers professional and specialised services to assist children, young people and adults affected by family violence.

This service is part of the Safe at Home initiative, a Tasmanian Whole of Government response to family violence.

The FVCSS Children and Young Peoples Program (CHYPP) provides therapeutic parent/child sessions (parents, and children 0 to 5 years), one to one counselling (children aged 5 to 17 years) and group sessions for parents and children (5+ years old).

The FVCSS Adult Program provides information, referral, support counselling, advocacy and practical assistance to adults affected by family violence.