Domestic violence

Definition of domestic violence

A pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person in order to establish and maintain power and control over another person in a close relationship, or family or domestic situation. Domestic violence occurs across all social strata, cultures, and age groups. The incidence of domestic violence is not dependent on gender or sexual orientation but the majority of victims of such violence are women.

Staff support

If you or a member of your immediate family are experiencing domestic violence, you can access up to fifteen (15) days of domestic violence leave per annum which can be used to access medical, legal and support services as necessary. Your supervisor may require you to furnish evidence to support any period of absence on family or domestic violence grounds exceeding three (3) days.

Employee Assistance Program

Employees and eligible family members can telephone the counselling service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please refer to the Employee Assistance Program.

Student support

If you are a student and require support, please contact the Liaison Officer (Equity) or a Student Counsellor.

DV-alert training

CSU has partnered with Lifeline to run a free two-hour interactive presentation to staff and students. This training is funded by the Department of Social Services.

At the end of the awareness session, attendees will:

  • Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
  • Familiarise themselves with the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels – power and control, equality and empowerment
  • Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
  • Have an opportunity to network with other individuals
  • Receive tools and references for domestic and family violence support and referral

To register your interest in attending the training across all campuses, please contact us.

External resources

Our Watch

Our Watch has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

White Ribbon

White Ribbon Australia seeks an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon Australia works through a primary prevention approach to stop violence against women before it happens.