Freedom from violence (whether sexual, mental, emotional, financial or physical) is a fundamental human right. 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.
 UDHR,1948, art 5; ICCPR,1966, art ; CRC,1989, art, 19; Committee on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women, Violence Against Women, General Recommendation No. 12 eighth session, (1989) notes that violence directed against a woman because she is a woman or violence that affects women disproportionately is discrimination.
 UDHR GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810 (1948), art 25; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966, art 12(1); CRC,1989, art 24.
 UDHR GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810 (1948), art 23; ICESCR arts 6 and 7.
 UDHR GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810 (1948), art 19; ICCPR,1966, art 19.
 CRC, 1989, art 31.
UDHR GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810 (1948), art 26; ICESCR,1966, art 13(1); CRC, 1989, art 29; Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment no. 1- The Aims of Education, (2001) art 29 (1) para 8.
 ICCPR,1966, art 7.