New domestic violence guidelines include ‘social abuse’ such as silent treatment and withholding affection

31 Aug 2016 1:10 PM – from News.Com.Au

NEW domestic violence guidelines designed to help judges and magistrates recognise signs of emotional abuse, not just physical violence, include behaviour such as criticising your partner’s physical appearance and arguing about household chores.

Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday launched the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, which aims to “promote best practice” in domestic and family related violence court cases.

The book details the different kinds of abuse victims can experience, including physical violence and harm, emotional and psychological abuse, as well as social, economic, cultural and spiritual abuse.

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