For managers and supervisors

The ANMF takes the health and welfare of our members seriously. In 2020 we asked our members about their experience of family violence and many of them told us that that they do not feel safe at home, that they are controlled, threatened, live in fear or hurt by family members.

Family violence is when someone’s spouse, partner, ex, carer, family member or someone they are in a family-like relationship with uses threatening, controlling and violent behaviour that makes them scared for their own safety and wellbeing, or for the safety and wellbeing of someone else, such as their child or children.

Family violence is more likely to be experienced by women and children than men and is most often perpetrated by men. However it can affect anyone, regardless of sex, age, race, sexuality, disability, gender and lifestyle. It can occur in all types of families, including in LGBTIQA+ families. It can also occur across generations, such as by teenagers against their parents, by adults against their elderly parents or between siblings. 

It is important to note that there are some groups of people who are more at risk of experiencing family violence. There are two groups of women that are at a higher risk of experiencing family violence

  • women who are planning to leave, or have just left a relationship, and
  • women during pregnancy and following a new birth

Aboriginal women, women with disability, migrant and refugee women and young women are also at higher risk of experiencing family violence