Who is a family member?
The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 5 defines ‘family member’ broadly. Family violence can occur in any familial relationship – for example, between:
- current or former intimate partners who are or were married or in de facto relationships, in heterosexual and same-sex relationships
- between parents (or step-parents) and children
- between siblings
- between grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Family violence can also occur in relationships that are considered to be ‘family-like’ – for example, in certain cultural traditions or between a person with a disability and their unrelated carer.