Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

The def­i­ni­tion of do­mes­tic violence does not re­strict it­self to phys­i­cal violence. It can in­volve sex­ual as­sault, psy­cho­log­i­cal, so­cial and el­der abuse in­clud­ing in­tim­i­da­tion, threats, emo­tional black­mail, forced iso­la­tion and lim­it­ing ac­cess to fi­nances. A com­mit­ment from ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, so­cial work­ers, coun­sel­lors, teach­ers and po­lice is needed to iden­tify and recog­nise signs of pos­si­ble fam­ily and do­mes­tic violence. Last year, there were 106 cases of fam­ily and do­mes­tic violence re­ferred from the Ar­madale Health Ser­vice Emer­gency Depart­ment to the health ser­vice's so­cial work­ers.

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