What we understand about domestic, family and sexualised violence informs how we respond; it influences how we design and communicate products, services and systems. Individually and collectively we can build on our understanding to inform our responses.

In the 'learning' menu you can view and read resources designed to build on understanding of violence and abuse. 

  • What is domestic and family violence? National, state and territory definitions of domestic and family violence and criminal codes vary, however violence and abuse is never acceptable in any community, family, institution, place or context.
  • An interactional focus. A key to understanding interpersonal violence is to appreciate that it is social and interactional. Responses from others always matter. And we are all in this picture.
  • Animations and videos - explore the short animations and short and long form videos designed to build on understanding of and responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence. 
  • Modules designed to build on understanding of and responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence.
  • Kits, Guides & Tools designed to support responders
  • Research - explore research projects and our responses
  • In the 'listening' menu you can explore the lived experience insights.
  • In the 'exploring' menu you can view and read animations and resources informed by lived experience insights. 
  • In the 'responding' menu you can view and read about resources and initiatives designed to uplift responses across the ecosystem.

Supporting information

QR Codes

Insight Exchange uses static QR Codes to support quick access to our website and resources.

  • We always describe what the QR code opens.
  • We use only static QR Codes to eliminate the collection of identifying user data.
  • Every webpage has a sticky quick-exit button.
  • We do not use QR Codes to other websites.


“Women and children are overwhelmingly the victims of DFV and those who use violence are overwhelmingly male. DFV can be perpetrated by a partner, family member, carer, house mate, boyfriend or girlfriend. Women also commit DFV against men, as do same-sex partners (DVNSW, 2018).  DFV is also committed by and committed against people who identify as transgender, non-binary, intersex and gender-diverse.” (Excerpt from the DFV Definition on Insight Exchange)

Our Insight Exchange resources avoid assumed use of pronouns to widen the inclusion, responsiveness and usefulness of these ideas to anyone experiencing control, abuse and violence. Pronouns are used at times within quotes or examples provided to us by participants to represent their lived experience.


Throughout our resources we use the word:

  • ‘Victim’ to refer to a person who is being or has been deliberately harmed, not as an identity term. Some people prefer to use other terms, including the term ‘survivor’ however we are cautious about assuming to use this word because not everyone can speak in past tense as having survived violence and their experiences are current and have no clear ending. For clarity and consistency we keep to the term victim for reasons explained.
  • ‘Perpetrator’ to refer to a person who is deliberately harming or has harmed others, not as an identity term.
  • ‘Violence’ is used to encompass a range of oppressive, abusive, controlling, undermining and overpowering behaviours.
  • ‘Sexualised violence’ is used instead of ‘sexual violence’ or ‘sexual assault/abuse’ (unless using a quote) because the behaviours these terms refer to are a form of ‘violence and abuse’ not a form of ‘sex’. Our intention is to draw attention to the violence and abuse without the use of the mutualising term ‘sexual or sex’.
  • ‘Resistance to violence’ is used to describe and acknowledge the myriad ways victims of violence try to create safety and uphold their dignity while being oppressed, assaulted, or abused.
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