Family and domestic violence - When Separating
Family 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
Department of Communities - Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - Phone 1800 007 339 (free call) or (08) 9223 1188
A 24-hour service providing support and counselling for women in WA experiencing family and domestic violence. The service includes counselling, giving information and advice, referrals to local services, police liaison and support in escaping from situations of family and domestic violence.
Department of Communities - Crisis Care Helpline - Phone 1800 199 008 (free call from country areas) or (08) 9223 1111
A 24-hour information and counselling service for people in WA in need of urgent help with a personal crisis. Their services can help people escaping family and domestic violence, including to find emergency accommodation and counselling.
Department of Communities - Has your partner hurt you?
A brochure for victims of domestic violence, including information about the dynamics of abusive relationships and where you can go in WA to get help.
Department of Communities
More information about services and support for people experiencing family violence.
Womens Health and Family Services - Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Central
Free services to all West Australian women who are experiencing or at risk of family violence.
Womens Health and Family Services - Multicultural Women’s Advocacy and Support Service
Specialist services offered to women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds who are experiencing or at risk of family violence.
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.
Relationships Australia - Safe from violence: A guide for women leaving or separating
A booklet for women who are thinking about leaving situations of family and domestic. It includes information about recognising family and domestic violence, the impact on you and your children, preparing to go and safety planning, and safe parenting after separation.
When Separating - Keeping Safe
A guide with practical ideas to help you keep you and your children safe in situations where there is a risk of family and domestic violence.
eSafety Commissioner - Domestic and family violence
Information and guides about online abuse, technology-facilitated abuse and staying safe online.
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
- How to deal with domestic violence
- How do I know if I’m abusive?
- When you hurt your partner, you hurt your children
- Self-help booklet for men who want to change