Family violence is a reference to:
(a) violence, or a threat of violence, by a person towards a family member of the person; or
(b) any other behaviour by the person that coerces or controls the family member or causes the member to be fearful.
A child is exposed to family violence or personal violence if the child sees or hears the violence or otherwise experiences the effects of the violence.
Examples of behaviour that may constitute family violence include (but are not limited to) the following —
(a) an assault against the family member;
(b) a sexual assault or other sexually abusive behaviour against the family member;
(c) stalking or cyber-stalking the family member;
(d) repeated derogatory remarks against the family member;
(e) damaging or destroying property of the family member;
(f) causing death or injury to an animal that is the property of the family member;
(g) unreasonably denying the family member the financial autonomy that the member would otherwise have had;
(h) unreasonably withholding financial support needed to meet the reasonable living expenses of the family member, or a child of the member, at a time when the member is entirely or predominantly dependent on the person for financial support;
(i) preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with the member’s family, friends or culture;
(j) kidnapping, or depriving the liberty of, the family member, or any other person with whom the member has a family relationship;
(k) distributing or publishing, or threatening to distribute or publish, intimate personal images of the family member;
(l) causing any family member who is a child to be exposed to behaviour referred to in this section.
(Restraining Orders Act 1997 s5A and Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016)