Glossary for the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions



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Physical violence includes slaps, shoves, hits, punches, pushes, being thrown down stairs or across the room, kicking, twisting of arms, choking, and being burnt or stabbed. These acts can take place as part of domestic and family violence, as well as sexual violence.

Psychological and emotional abuse can include a range of controlling behaviours such as isolation from family and friends, continual humiliation, threats against children or being threatened with injury or death. These acts can take place as part of domestic and family violence, as well as sexual violence.

Financial abuse can include control of another person’s money or other assets. It can involve, for instance, stealing cash, not allowing a victim to take part in any financial decisions or preventing a victim from having a job. These acts can take place as part of domestic and family violence, as well as sexual violence.




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