Our commitment to supporting all customers who are experiencing or impacted by family and domestic violence.
If there’s an immediate threat to your safety, call emergency services 000.
What is Family Violence?
Family violence occurs when one person in an intimate personal or family-like relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person. Family violence may take different forms, may be known as different things such as relationship violence or intimate partner violence, and is not limited to physical violence.
Family violence can include but is not limited to:
- Emotional or psychological abuse;
- Verbal abuse;
- Financial or economic abuse is a form of abuse when one partner has control over the other partner’s access to economic resources, diminishing their capacity to support themselves so they become financially dependent on the perpetrator. For example, the perpetrator prevents a person from accessing funds, deciding when or how to access or use cash, being forced to put bills in your name, or putting bills under their name and then not taking financial responsibility for them. Essential services such as electricity can be used by perpetrators of family violence to coerce and cause harm as a form of economic abuse, due to the critical function essential services play in daily life.
- Physical or sexual abuse;
- Threatening or coercive behaviour;
- Any other behaviour that controls or dominates you and causes you to fear for your safety or wellbeing, or that of someone else.
LPE recognises that family violence can happen to anyone, in any community. It can be used by a perpetrator to significantly undermine a person’s rights, inhibit their options, undermine their safety, mental and physical health and wellbeing, and limit opportunities for learning and participation, access to material basics and economic wellbeing, relationships and connections.
How we can help
LPE recognises our customers may be exposed to family violence and we are committed to actively supporting customers who may be affected.
We are committed to providing a supportive and confidential environment where you can inform us of your circumstances and seek the support you need.