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Family Violence and Mental Health

What is domestic abuse and family violence?

Family Violence is when someone behaves abusively towards a family member. It is a pattern of behaviour that controls or dominates a person and causes them to fear for their own or others’ safety.

Types of Abuse and Violence: violent and abusive behaviour can include physical and sexual violence and financial, emotional and psychological abuse. Slapping, hitting, rape, verbal threats, harassment, stalking, withholding money and deliberately isolating someone from their friends and family are some examples of the types of behaviour that occur in family violence.

Contact Points

Emma House: 

1800 366 238

Emma House Domestic Violence Services is a specialist family violence service which supports women and children from the Warrnambool and surrounding region that are currently experiencing or have experienced family violence.


South Western CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault): 

1800 806 292 

CASA provides services across the South West region to victim/survivors of sexual assault, their non-offending family members, partners and friends.


Safe Steps: 

1800 015 188

Support for Domestic Abuse, Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Available 24/7.


Kids HelpLine:

1800 551 800

Free phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Available 24/7.


Men’s Referral Service:   

1300 766 491

For men concerned about the impact of their behaviour on their relationships or family. Trained counsellors are available 24/7 and men can speak anonymously if preferred.


Another Closet:

1800 671 442                                                   

A web-based resource for people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence


With Respect:

1800 542 847

With Respect provides resources, tips and advice for LGBTIQ+ people on having and maintaining healthy relationships. They provide support for LGBTIQ+ people of all ages and their families experiencing difficulty in their relationships, including family violence.


Parent Line:

13 22 89

Parentline is a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. Confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues. Available 8.00am – midnight, seven days a week including public holidays.



1800 737 732 

National Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service 24/7.



13 11 14

Provides all Australians access to crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Available 24/7.



1300 789 978
Mensline Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with individual, family and relationship concerns. Available 24/7.



1800 105 303

Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women and particularly Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past. The Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service is free and available to all Aboriginal people experiencing or have experienced family violence (women and men), including non-Aboriginal people experiencing family violence who are parents of Aboriginal children.

Page last updated: 29 December 2020

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