There are many definitions of family violence. They all acknowledge that family violence relates to the abuse and mistreatment of individuals in an intimate or family relationship. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or financial in nature. Family violence happens everywhere and to people from all backgrounds. Women, children and the elderly are the most vulnerable and at risk. All forms of family violence are wrong and many are criminal in nature.
For example, all of these people are victims of family violence: