Acronyms and glossary
Acronyms and glossary
Australian Federal Police
Apprehended Violence Order (NSW) – same as an Intervention Order
Culturally And Linguistically Diverse
Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework - also known as the Common Risk Assessment Framework
Domestic violence (also known as family violence)
Family violence (also known as domestic violence)
Integrated Family Violence System
Intervention Order (Victoria)
Local Area Service Network
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Queer
Men's Behaviour Change Program
No To Violence - incorporating Men’s Referral Service
State Government of Victoria Office of Women’s Affairs
Preventing violence against women
Respectful Relationships Education
Specialist Homelessness Services (formerly SAAP)
Violence against women
Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service - now known as Safe Steps
Family violence is a type of violence that occurs within family or family-like relationships.
It is a pattern of abusive behaviour used to control and dominate.
Family violence isn’t always limited to physical violence. Other forms of abuse, such as emotional, financial, sexual or social abuse are also recognised as family violence under the Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008.
Family violence may also be known as domestic violence or relationship violence.
'The Sector' is the Victorian Integrated Family Violence Service System (IFVS).
It is a network of support services that operate throughout the state to prevent and respond to family violence, as well as support and advocate with family violence survivors.
For more information, see ‘What is the integrated family violence sector?’.
Financial abuse is when a partner or another family member takes control of someone’s financial affairs without them wanting to, or prevents them from having access to money.
Sexual abuse is making someone do sexual things that they don’t want to do. Forcing someone to have sex is a criminal offence, even within a marriage.
Stalking is when a partner, ex-partner, or someone else follows someone around, or repeatedly tries to contact them, even if they’ve said they don’t want this.
Physical abuse includes pushing, hitting, throwing objects, driving dangerously to frighten someone, or threatening to physically harm a person, other people, or pets.