Domestic violence

Domestic violence

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Abusive behaviour can be physical, sexual and psychological. It also includes other actions like cyber stalking and harassment that makes you feel afraid or unsafe.

Domestic and family violence is a crime

Domestic and family violence is a crime and should be reported to the police.

It exists in every community and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence then help and support is available.

This information is designed to help people who have experienced, or are supporting someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence. You can find a list of services and resources that can support you.

What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence occurs when someone you have a close relationship with makes you feel afraid, powerless or unsafe.

It can happen in any relationship, including:

  • married and de-facto couples
  • boyfriends and girlfriends
  • LGBTIQ couples
  • carers or paid support workers
  • close relatives and extended family.

None of these people has the right to hurt you or make you live in fear.

Inside this section

Sexual assault and consent

Help and support is available if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or harassed. Talking to someone you trust may help you decide what to do. Even if you decide not to report the sexual assault, there are many places you can get confidential support.

Safety planning and planning to leave a domestic violence situation

To keep yourself safe from domestic violence, create a safety plan. The National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service has more information on safety planning.

Key domestic and family violence contacts

Contact police on triple zero (000) if you're being threatened, or feel unsafe or intimidated. Your safety is important and there are services that can help you to become and feel safe.

Domestic violence and how the law can help

Safer Pathway is a government initiative that coordinates referrals and services for people who have experienced domestic and family violence. The police and legal systems are there to protect your right to live in your home safely without threat of harm or intimidation.

Domestic violence info in community languages

Domestic and family violence is a crime and should be reported to the police. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, help and support is available.

Keeping safe after leaving a domestic violence situation

In the video, Tidda's Marumal: A Time to Heal, Take my Hand, Redfern Legal Centre's specialist domestic violence worker, Charmaigne Weldon talks about help that is available for women and children dealing with family and domestic violence.

Domestic violence services directory

The NSW Domestic Violence Line provides telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same-sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.


This information was developed by the City of Sydney and the NSW Police Force in partnership with Domestic Violence NSW and the Women and Girl's Emergency Centre. The partnership would also like to acknowledge the feedback and contributions provided by Inner City Legal Centre, NSW Health, Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, Victims Support, WEAVE Youth and Community Services and Wirringa Baiya.


The information on this webpage is provided as a general guide only and is not intended to constitute advice and must not be used as a substitute for professional advice. The City of Sydney makes no warranty, representation or guarantee of any type as to the content, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose or use of any information on this webpage. If you find any information that you believe may be inaccurate, please contact

Last updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019