Domestic and family violence support
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 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 instil fear.
It can be physical, but also verbal, psychological, emotional, social, financial, sexual, spiritual or religious. It also includes harassment and stalking, such as online harassment and coercive control.
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 and coercive control are crimes and can be reported to police.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, 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 in this document that can support you.
Domestic violence support contacts
If you, or someone you know are affected by domestic, family or sexual violence, support is available 24/7.
- Call triple zero 000 for emergencies
- 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.
- 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.
- Call 1300 766 491 for men who need help and support relating to anger, behaviour, relationship issues or parenting.
This guide 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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