Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour by one person against another within a marriage or dating couple, or within a family across generations.

Domestic and family violence can occur in same-sex marriages or partnerships where one partner assaults another.

It can occur in any family and can take many forms including:

  • intimidation
  • isolation
  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • spiritual abuse
  • control.

In some cases, family violence can also involve elder abuse, where a son or daughter commits a crime against their parent.

All domestic and family violence is unacceptable - you should report it to the police.

Getting support

There are lots of services in South Australia that can help you.

  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line -​​​​​​​ 1800 800 098 or 1800 RESPECT
  • Men's Referral Service - 1300 766 491
  • Break The Cycle - South Australia's domestic violence support hub

Contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Line for immediate assistance

Information for victims of crime

This booklet includes helpful information about the criminal justice system, your rights as a victim of crime and support services available.