Family violence is the abuse of power within relationships of family, trust or dependency. Family violence may include some or all of the following behaviours: physical abuse, psychological abuse, criminal harassment/ stalking, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and spiritual abuse.
For Emergency Protection Orders and Queen's Bench Protection Orders, the Protection Against Family Violence Act defines family violence as including:
(i) any intentional or reckless act or omission that causes injury or property damage and that intimidates or harms a family member
(ii) any act or threatened act that intimidates a family member by creating a reasonable fear of property damage or injury to a family member
(iii) forced confinement
(iv) sexual abuse, and