Domestic violence is a crime

A guide for people who have experienced or are supporting someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence.


Domestic and family violence

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.

Domestic and family violence is an abuse of power and control that usually involves a pattern of violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, ex-partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instill fear.

It can be physical, but also verbal, psychological, emotional, social, financial, sexual, spiritual or religious. It also includes harassment and stalking, including online harassment.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, help and support is available.

Domestic violence support contacts

If you, or someone you know are affected by domestic, family or sexual violence, support is available 24/7.

Triple zero

  • Call 000 for emergencies

NSW Domestic Violence Line

  • Call 1800 65 64 63 for telephone crisis counselling and local referrals for women and people identifying as women, including crisis accommodation, health, financial, legal support services.

1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service

  • Call 1800 737 732 to talk, or visit their website for an online chat, with a trained counsellor.

Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia/Rape Crisis NSW

  • Call 1800 424 017 for telephone and online crisis counselling for people who've experienced sexual assault, sexual violence, rape or domestic or family violence.


This booklet has been designed to help people who have experienced or are supporting someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence. It includes further services and resources that can support you.

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