Family and domestic violence - When Separating

When Separating logoFamily and domestic violence is behaviour in an intimate or family relationship where one person tries to dominate and control the other. It can include physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social and psychological abuse.

Here are some of the support services available for people experiencing or at risk of family or domestic violence, including resources and services for men.

If you are in immediate danger, phone 000. For other police assistance, call 131 444.

Resources and support for women

  • 1800 RESPECT counselling service - Phone 1800 737 732 (free call)
    A 24-hour counselling, information and support helpline for people experiencing family and domestic violence anywhere in Australia. You can connect one-on-one with a counsellor over the phone or online. Auslan and interpreter services are available.

  • 1800 Respect - Daisy app
    A free app that connects women who are experiencing or have experienced family violence to services in their state and local area.

Resources and support for men

  • Department of Communities - Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - Phone 1800 000 599 (free call) or (08) 9223 1199
    A 24-hour service for men who are concerned about their violent and abusive behaviours, or have themselves experienced family and domestic violence. The service can provide telephone counselling and referral to in person services if required. Men can also get information about where to find legal advice, accommodation and other support services if they have been served with a police order or violence restraining order.

  • MensLine Australia - Phone 1300 78 99 78
    A national 24-hour counselling, support and information service for Australian men. Their services are available over the phone and online, and can provide non-judgmental support for men wanting help with anger management and family violence. They offer behavioural change programs and ongoing support. They also offer support for men experiencing family and domestic violence.

  • MensLine Australia Tip Sheet - Are you using family violence?
    Help for men to spot if they are using violence or abuse in their relationships, the problems it can cause, and what you can do to change. 

Department of Communities - Freedom from Fear resources


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