About Domestic Violence

Domestic and family violence can take many forms, and does not always involve physical violence. Violence can also involve the threat of abuse, and does not require the threatened act to take place to constitute abuse.

Domestic violence includes the action or threat of any of the following:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Social abuse or isolation
  • Financial abuse
  • Spiritual or cultural abuse
  • Damage to property or possessions
  • Stalking
  • Technological abuse


Children & Domestic Violence

Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence grow up in an environment that is unpredictable, filled with tension and anxiety and dominated by fear. This can lead to significant emotional and psychological trauma.

Children living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household that is dominated by tension and fear. These children will see their mother threatened, demeaned or physically or sexually assaulted. They will overhear conflict and violence and see the aftermath of the violence such as their¬†mother’s injuries and her traumatic response to the violence.

Young people react to domestic violence exposure in a number of ways, including aggression, anger, disobedience, disturbed sleep, withdrawal, anxiety and depression. In some situations, they can display abusive behaviours towards their protective parent. ReNew aims to address the impact of trauma to help young people overcome these challenges.