Family Violence

Info & Services

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, you can ask for Police help or report family violence.

Call 000 or visit your local emergency department.

Family 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.

Family 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 family violence, there is FREE help available 24/7.  Below is a list of resources that can help you take the first step.

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

Women

Your safety and wellbeing are important.  There are free support services available to help you. You are not alone so talk to someone today.

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South West Refuge Busselton
South west crisis accommodation, support and advocacy service for women and their children experiencing family violence.
Phone: 9752 2785
Hours: 24/7

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
Counselling and support service for people who have experienced trauma, abuse, assault, 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

Anglicare ⇗
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

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

Children #

Kids Helpline
Free, private and confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 551 800
Hours: 24/7

Children’s Domestic Violence Service
Offers services to help children, young people and their families heal from the harmful psychological, emotional and social effects of domestic violence and abuse.
Phone: 1800 737 732

Crisis Care ⇗
After hours response to concerns for a child’s safety and wellbeing, telephone information and referrals for people experiencing a crisis.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM;
After hours/weekends: 1800 199 008

Headspace Margaret River
Headspace support young people 12-25, no referral is needed, all services are free.
36 Station Road, Margaret River
Phone: 6164 0680
Hours: Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM; Wednesday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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

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

We are all individuals as are our needs. If you are still unsure of where to go for help and you would like to talk it through, call Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline ⇗ 1800 007 339 (24/7)

LGBQTI #

Your safety is important. Support services are available to provide safe and secure accommodation when escaping family violence.

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

QLife ⇗
Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral service for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 184 527
Hours: 3pm-midnight every day

Headspace Margaret River ⇗
Supports young people (12- 25 years)
Cost: Free
Phone: 6164 0680
Hours: Tuesday 11 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

We are all individuals as are our needs. If you are still unsure of where to go for help and you would like to talk it through, call 1800RESPECT ⇗ 1800 737 732 (24/7)

Men #

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline ⇗
State wide service for men as either the perpetrator or victim of domestic and family violence.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1800 000 599
Hours: 24/7

Communicare – Men’s Support Services ⇗
Provides behaviour change programs for men to prioritise the safety of women and children.
Cost: Free
Phone: 9439 5707
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM

Mensline Australia ⇗
Support and advice for men to build violence-free relationships.
Cost: Free
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Hours: 24/7

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

We are all individuals as are our needs. If you are still unsure of where to go for help and you would like to talk it through, please contact Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline ⇗ on 1800 000 599 (24/7)