The right to protection from violence and to security and liberty of person is recognised in the major human rights agreements including the:
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Domestic and family violence violates a wide range of human rights including:
- The right to life.
- The highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
- The right to decent work.
- Freedom of expression and the right to hold opinions without interference.
- A child or young person’s right to leisure and play.
- The right to education.
- The right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.