Women – support

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.


Your safety and wellbeing are important.  There are free support services available to help you. You are not alone so talk to someone today. If you are unsure if what you are experiencing is domestic violence, call 1800 RESPECT to talk to someone today. Trust your feelings, only you know what your situation is.

If you feel in danger but are not sure what is happening, you can attend the local police station and speak to an officer on duty. They can talk through your entire history and help with next steps. There is no statute of limitations on serious offences like assaults, threats and stalking so they can be reported at anytime. While coercive control is not an offence in WA, it is identified as a type of domestic violence and can be used as evidence to obtain a VRO. You can get advice and guidance from your local station today.

South West Refuge Busselton
SW Refuge aims to provide effective local responses to family and domestic violence. 24.7
Crisis assistance includes:

  • Crisis Accommodation (refuge)
  • Safe at Home outreach
  • Family and domestic violence outreach service
  • Transitional Accommodation
  • Hours: 24/7

SW Refuge staff visit Margaret River Community Centre by appointment www.swrefuge.com.au
Please call 1800 199 008 or 92231111 if you are seeking Crisis Accommodation and if you are in immediate danger call Police on 000 or for non-urgent matters: 131444
SW Refuge: 9791 2894
Safe at Home Services: 0488 095 065
Family & Domestic Violence Outreach Service: 0488 084 273
South West Refuge Inc Corporate Office: 9721 9746

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline
State wide service providing support and counselling for women experiencing family violence.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 007 339
Hours: 24/7

DV Assist
Webchat available online at dvassist.org.au
Phone: 1800 080 083
Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM AWST

Waratah Support Centre – Outreach to Margaret River Community Centre by appointment
Waratah counsellors provide trauma-informed therapeutic interventions for adults and children:

  • Counselling and support
  • Crisis intervention for recent sexual assault
  • Workshops for parents and carers
  • DBT therapeutic support groups
  • Community education and development
  • Training for professionals
  • Clinical supervision for professionals working with clients who are victims of abuse and violence

Cost: Free
Phone: 9791 2884
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Sexual Assault Resource Centre
Provides support to people affected by sexual violence with no restrictions on how long ago the sexual violence occurred.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 199 888
Hours: 24/7

South West Counselling Inc
Counselling, support and advocacy service
Cost: Low cost, fee may apply just ask
Phone: 9754 2052  
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Counselling, advocacy and outreach service for people affected by or at risk of domestic and family violence
Cost: Free
Phone: 9720 9200
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 8:30 AM to 3 PM; Friday from  8:30 AM to 5 PM; Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM; Sunday 1:30 PM to 5 PM

Justice of the Peace – signing service
No appointments necessary. Free service.
A Justice of the Peace, or JP, is appointed by the Governor of WA who authorises them to carry out a wide range of official administrative and judicial duties in the community. JPs volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system. Administrative tasks include witnessing affidavits, statutory declarations and certifying documents.
Cost: Free
Hours: 11am -1pm every Wednesday
Location: Margaret River Community Centre, Tunbridge Street

Sexual assault, family & domestic violence counselling line including support for people with disability.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 737 732
Hours: 24/7