Changes to the Family Law Act were passed last December and came into effect last week.
They expand the definition of domestic violence so that it includes more than physical harm. Tactics of emotional abuse, financial dictatorship and social control are now under the spotlight of the law.
To find out more, Tim Brunero spoke to Gillian Cordell, Executive Officer of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE: 1800 800 098
LIFELINE: 131 114
Producer: Sue Reece