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Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur within intimate relationships and take place in domestic settings.
It includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.
Family violence is a broader term that refers to violence between family members, as well as violence between intimate partners.
This summary paper focuses on the issue of domestic violence.
Domestic violence incurs significant social, emotional and economic costs to victims, their families and the broader community (Laing & Bobic 2002).
Findings from victimisation surveys suggest that women are more likely than men to become victims of domestic violence, but that domestic violence can occur in a range of different relationship types, circumstances and settings.
Research suggests that some women may be more vulnerable to becoming victims and less capable of exiting violent relationships, depending on their age, living arrangements and English language abilities.
A number of factors have also been identified as increasing the risk that an individual will become a perpetrator of domestic violence.
Understanding the complex interaction of attitudes, motives and situational factors underlying offender behaviour is helpful in developing effective prevention strategies.
This summary paper provides a brief overview of this area of research.
Key research findings on the nature, prevalence and impact of domestic violence are presented, along with an overview of risk factors associated with an increased likelihood of offending or victimisation.