A Ballarat man grabbed his former partner by the throat and another woman by her collar during repeated and serious family violence, which began in 2019.
Craig Gray was sentenced on Thursday to two months in prison and a 12-month community corrections order which will start immediately upon his release.
He was charged with 19 offences relating to family violence and carrying weapons, and he pleaded guilty at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court earlier this month after a number of charges were withdrawn.
In September 2019, Gray went to his former partner's home while under the influence of alcohol, stayed almost the whole day and refused to leave.
While there, he grabbed the woman by the throat with both hands when she said she would call police.
In March 2020, Gray grabbed his former partner by the hair, pulled her head forward and punched her to the right side of the face after an argument.
Four months later in July, he grabbed another woman by the collar of her coat during an argument over his drug use.
The court was told in October, Gray took his former partner's mobile phone, hit her to the side of the head, slapped her face a few times and grabbed her by the throat.
Police caught Gray carrying a small taser in Pleasant Street, Ballarat, in December while this month, police found him waving a knife in the air in a street near his former partner's house.
Defence lawyer Kristen Morrow said her client had been in a downward spiral since 2019 when his relationship broke down and he lost his employment and licence due to drug-driving.
"He is incredibly ashamed by this behaviour and is extremely remorseful," she said.
"He has expressed a willingness to engage in programs and address his alcohol and drug use and anger."
Ms Morrow said the accused was carrying weapons for self protection as he was victim to a violent assault late last year.
She said he had a limited criminal history and it was only his second time in custody.
Magistrate Letizia Torres told Gray his offending was serious, it was repeated offending and it was completely unacceptable.
He has served 16 days of his sentence by pre-sentence detention.
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