Domestic Violence (Respectful Relationships)

Domestic and family violence relates to a range of behaviours, such as physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse, as well as stalking, harassing, threatening, kidnapping, or damaging others person or property [1]. Women and children are often the most at risk of domestic and family violence, but anyone can be a victim of this type of violence. Domestic and family violence most often occurs within intimate relationships, but can also occur with family members, non-family members living in the same household, people in care situations, and within non-family kinship relations [1].

To reduce the likelihood of domestic and family violence occurring, education on respectful relationships must occur from an early age [2]. Respectful relationships are characterized by mutual respect, trust, and consideration. In a respectful relationship, both parties feel valued and heard, and work together to resolve conflicts in a constructive and non-violent way [3]. This can include things like active listening, open and honest communication, and setting and respecting boundaries [4]. Additionally, in a respectful relationship, both parties are free to be themselves and to pursue their own interests and goals.

For more information on domestic violence and respectful relationships, please visit the following websites:

Research and reports relating to domestic violence and respectful relationships can be found below:


1.Communities and Justice. What is domestic and family violence? . 2021; Available from:

2.Education NSW. Evidence based practice 2023; Available from:

3.Walker, J., Resolving classroom conflicts non-violently, in Bullying. 2017, Routledge. p. 130-142.

4.Flood, M., L. Fergus, and M. Heenan, Respectful relationships education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools. 2009.