South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Who is a family member?

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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.

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