Domestic Violence Support

What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence is abusive behaviour towards you from someone you are dating, a partner, ex-partner or family member. It is not just physical abuse. It can include verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as threats, manipulation and controlling behaviour.

This abuse can get worse over time or could only happen occasionally. Regardless, these behaviours are not your fault and are not acceptable.

Recognising violence in personal relationships isn’t always easy. Some of the signs are when the other party in your relationship:

  • controls or attempts to control how much you can spend
  • prevents or attempts to prevent you from working or going to school, or insists on accompanying you
  • controls or attempts to control where you can go, who you can see and what you wear
  • insists on being able to contact you at all times
  • checks your phone, email or social media without your knowledge or permission
  • uses language that humiliates or belittles you, either in private or in front of others
  • threatens you or someone close to you, including pets
  • physically harms you or someone close to you, including pets
  • throws objects or punches walls during outbursts
  • blames you for their violent outbursts
  • makes you feel pressured, or otherwise forces you, to engage in physical forms of intimacy including sex.

Who we help

If you have ongoing concerns in relation to your safety and wellbeing due to domestic or family violence, then we can help you with:

  • identifying and assessing the risks to your safety and planning how to prevent or reduce those risks
  • helping you understand domestic and family violence
  • emotional support, where you can talk in a safe and non-judgmental environment
  • support for getting a family violence order, including referrals to legal services
  • support in exiting an abusive relationship if you choose to, including identifying appropriate safety measures and helping you arrange resources and suitable accommodation
  • referrals to specialist services for housing, consumer and legal rights, finances and other wrap-around services
  • individual case management, including identifying what your needs are, providing support to access community services, advocating on your behalf where needed
  • support in getting your house assessed for safety and getting safety upgrades
  • support for your family’s mental and physical wellbeing
  • providing support that is culturally sensitive and meets your needs
  • providing material assistance or referring you to services that can help.

How to

Contact us

  • You can get in touch with our team by calling 02 6185 2000 or emailing
  • If you need to urgently leave your relationship or require crisis support, call the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) on 02 6280 0900.
  • If your safety is threatened, call the police on 000.
  • If you are at risk of homelessness and need urgent housing support call Onelink on 1800 176 468