These phone numbers will help you, or a friend, or a relative, with support and or advice.
We all have the human right to feel safe and free from emotional, physical, sexual, financial, spiritual, verbal, and social abuse.
Family Violence does not discriminate between genders, cultures, religions or age. The real tragedy of family violence is the impact it has on infants and children and on an adult’s ability to nurture and protect their children from another person’s misuse of power.
- 000 - POLICE
Is there an immediate danger to you, children, or another person? Phone now for an immediate response from Emergency Services.
For people affected by Family Violence
- 1800 015 188 - Safe Steps
24/7 Family Violence Response Centre provides at no cost a range of professional support services for women and children experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone close to them. Safe Steps is the central contact point for women's refuges in Victoria.
- 1800 737 732 - 1800 RESPECT
Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Seeking to support someone who is? As a National counselling helpline, information and support 24/7, we can help.
- 1800 184 527 - Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Victoria
Switchboard is a volunteer organisation which provides a free, confidential and anonymous telephone counselling, referral and information service for the Victorian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities and their supporters. Open from 3pm to midnight.
- 1800 755 988 - inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
For women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have experienced family violence. Advice and assistance can be provided to women wishing to obtain a Visa or to remain in Australia.
- 1800 105 303 - Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (FVPLS)
FVPLS provides legal advice, counselling, information, referral and support to Aboriginal people who have experienced or are experiencing family violence and or sexual assault.
- 1800 806 292 - Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
24 hour crisis support to people who have recently experienced sexual assault. CASA also provide telephone and face-to-face counselling to people who have recently or in the past experienced sexual assault/abuse (including incest). CASA provides legal information and can support people to communicate with hospitals, doctors, police, and other legal system representatives where appropriate.
- 1300 792 387 - Victorian Legal Aid
Legal Aid provides free information about family violence intervention orders and can help with legal problems relating to family violence and other matters.
- 1800 050 321 - Family Relationships Advice Line
The Advice Line is for anyone who is affected by family relationship or separation issues and difficulties. This includes parents, grandparents, children, young people, step-parents or friends.
- 1300 364 277 - Relationships Australia
Providers of specialist family and relationship services. Their vision is for positive, safe and respectful relationships for couples, families, schools, workplaces and communities.
Services for Men
- 1300 766 491 - Men's Referral Service
This service provides trained counsellors who treat people with respect - and if desired, anonymously. It supports men who are using controlling or violent behaviour to stop and provides referrals and assistance to men who are victims of family violence.
- 1300 78 99 78 - MensLine
MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men - 24/7. It supports men who are abusers or are being abused.
- 0401 766 877 - Heavy M.E.T.A.L
If you are finding that your patience and ability to be kind and caring with your family is lessening, you may like to phone to discuss a Heavy M.E.T.A.L Group anger management program.