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Domestic violence

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Remedies available to victims of domestic abuse or violence within a relationship, or from a person in the same household, or from another associated person, such as a new partner's ex-partner.

For information about remedies for other forms of harassment, such as from a landlord or other individual, see the Harassment and antisocial behaviour section.

Definition of domestic violence

Definition of domestic violence. 

Options in domestic violence cases

Options available to victims of domestic violence. 

Leaving the home

Options for victims of domestic violence who wish to leave the home. 

Domestic violence criminal offences and compensation

Situations where police will prosecute perpetrator of violence for committing a particular criminal offence. Criminal injuries compensation scheme. 

Civil action in domestic violence cases

Use of civil action in situations where domestic violence has occurred 

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