The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned – Maya Angelou

The right to adequate housing is an important basic human right which is recognised in the Constitution and international human rights instruments.

But are we really safe in our own homes? We take a further look at family violence. Whether its spousal abuse or child abuse it is never okay to hurt a loved one.

Family violence also known as domestic violence can take on different forms such as :

  • Physical Abuse: Abuser uses physical force – assulting with a weapon or gun, burning, breaking bones, grabbing, throwing, kicking, pushing.
  • Sexual Abuse: any sexual contact without consent, such as rape, attacks on the sexual body parts, forced prostitution, unwanted touching, forced sex with others.
  • Psychological and Emotional Abuse: can be verbal or nonverbal, and the actions or behaviours are less obvious than with physical abuse. Examples: undermining a person’s self-worth through constant criticism, belittling, name-calling or insults threatening or intimidating a person to gain compliance, being excessively possessive.
  • Economic Abuse: making or attempting to make a person financially dependent, such as maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding money or credit cards, or forbidding attendance at school or employment,stealing from or defrauding a partner of money or assets,exploiting a partner’s resources for personal gain
  • Spiritual Abuse: using a person’s religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate them,preventing a person from practising their religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Legal Abuse:  is when a person exploits the family law system to intimidate, exhaust, exploit or disempower their partner or family member.
  • Stalking: is also family violence. It’s a pattern of unwanted contact that makes a person feel afraid, nervous, harassed or in danger. Stalking can occur in person or online. 


All forms of family violence are illegal and unacceptable.