What is domestic and family violence?

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger call 000

You can also report domestic violence anonymously via Crime Stoppers by phone (1800 333 000) or online. This will not result in immediate police attendance. If you require the police to attend call 131 444.

Domestic violence is a crime, if you see something, say something.

Domestic violence is the use of threats, force or intimidation to control or manipulate a family member, partner or former partner.  It is typically where one person tries to exert power and control over the other, usually through fear. It can include physical, sexual, emotional, social, verbal, spiritual and economic abuse.  Violence is not limited to physical violence, it can be the threat of violence.

Domestic violence can occur between current or former intimate partners, as well as acts of violence between a parent and a child, between siblings, and more.

Behaviour towards victims can include limiting their access to finances, preventing them from contacting family and friends, demeaning and humiliating them, threatening them or their children with injury or death, and acts of physical violence.

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, there is FREE help available 24/7.  Below is a list of resources that can help you take the first step. It is very important to report domestic violence in order to protect the person experiencing it. Reports form the basis for protection orders and provide evidence for the orders to be put in place. Reports can be anonymous via Crime Stoppers.

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 24/7: 1800 007 339
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599

Crisis payment for extreme circumstances – family and domestic violence
Contact the Department of Human Services within 7 days of a change in residence/circumstances due to family and domestic violence to find out if you are eligible for extra financial support in this transition.
Centre link Families Line Phone: 136 150