A new video released by the Full Stop Foundation this week highlights that domestic and family violence can take forms beyond physical violence. While we mainly think of physical abuse as domestic violence, other types of controlling behaviour leave no visible scars but are still incredibly damaging for domestic violence survivors across Australia.
Financial abuse is possibly the least recognised type of domestic violence. But according to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, over 1 in 7 Australian women have experienced economic abuse in an intimate partner relationship.
Financial abuse can take many forms, such as a husband preventing his wife from obtaining an education or a job outside the home. The abusive partner deliberately takes action to make their victim dependent on them financially. They may withhold money for food, clothing, and other necessities.
Emotional abuse involves the destruction of the victim's self-worth, and is brought about by persistent insults, humiliation, or criticism. 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15 (ANROWS).
The ‘Sound of Violence’ campaign video, developed with advertising agency BMF (who kindly donated their services at no charge), challenges our perceptions that physical abuse is the only or worst type of domestic violence. Financial abuse and emotional abuse are common but often unrecognised forms of domestic abuse. Domestic violence is about power and control, and the scars of emotional and financial abuse run deep.
Every year, The Full Stop Foundation helps support more than 20,000 people who have experienced sexual assault, family and domestic violence. Our counsellors provide face to face, online, and over the phone counselling to men, women, and children. We work on the front line to reduce and ultimately eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence in Australia.
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