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Domestic and family violence

Everyone deserves to feel safe and free from harm. If you’re experiencing violence in your home, feel threatened, or are at risk in any physical or emotional way, reach out for a private and confidential conversation.

We’re here to listen, talk about your options, and help support you and your family. Even if you’re not sure whether what you’re experiencing is considered ‘violence’, talking about your situation can help.

Help near me

National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline (24 hours): 1800 737 732 (1800 Respect)

Lifeline: 131 114

If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself or someone else, please call 000 for emergency assistance.

What's best for you and your family

Domestic and family violence comes in many forms – some less obvious than others – and can affect the whole family, including children. We can talk through the signs of abuse with you and establish a course of action. Whether it’s psychological, emotional, physical, sexual, verbal, social or financial abuse you’re confronted with, we can help with strategies to deal with it.

You can reach out at any time. We offer support, strategies for keeping the family together and help finding the services you need. If you are considering leaving your home, we can help with crisis accommodation and find a peaceful, safe and spacious environment to help plan the next steps.

We can help you get through today and build strategies for tomorrow.

Ways we may be able to help


We provide secure accommodation for you and your family in a number of confidential locations throughout Australia. This includes emergency accommodation and support to find medium to longer term accommodation.

Find out more about accommodation services

Personal support

We will support you as you identify your needs and goals, and help you to set a plan to achieve the best for your wellbeing. We can help you to:

  • Remain safely in your home or find alternative safe accommodation for you and your family
  • Establish an income
  • Seek emotional support eg counselling
  • Access future accommodation
  • Find healthcare
  • Find legal services and address safety issues
  • Help with the needs of your children, including: childcare facilities and case management
  • Find food and clothing in an emergency
  • Access other resources and support to help during this period

Community support

Building positive and healthy relationships with others can help give you confidence to seek further support. Most Salvation Army churches offer social groups, such as:

  • Playgroup
  • Mothers’ groups
  • Book clubs
  • Craft groups
  • Kids’ clubs and
  • Youth activities

All are welcome. Please search for your local centre to find out more.

Find another support service

There is help for you. These services are often confidential, free of charge and can help you with what you personally need.

If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself or someone else, please call 000 for emergency assistance.


National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Phone: 1800 737 732


(24 hours/7 days)


Australian Government


Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (24 hour service)

Phone: 1800 806 292


Phone: 1300 224 636



Phone: 1800 650 890


Homeless Hotline QLD

Phone: 1800 474 753

Kids Helpline

Phone: 1800 551 800



Phone: 131 114


Phone: 1800 152 152

Modern Slavery Assistance

Phone: 02 9466 3570


One Link ACT

Phone: 1800 176 468




Suicide Call Back Service

Phone: 1300 659 467

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Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Phone: 1800 015 188

YFoundations NSW

Phone: 1800 424 830

Confidential support

Confidential apps for support and assistance:

  • Aurora app
  • Daisy app 

Questions to ask yourself

Does your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, carer or family member...

  • Make you feel uncomfortable or afraid?
  • Constantly check up on where you are going and who you are seeing?
  • Make you afraid to disagree or say no to them?
  • Scare or hurt you by being violent, choking you or smashing things?
  • Pressure or force you to do sexual things that you don’t want to do?
  • Often put you down and make you feel worthless or humiliated?
  • Stop you from having medical assistance?
  • Tell you how the household finances should be spent or prevent you having any money?
  • Threaten to hurt you or kill themselves if you say you want to end the relationship?
  • Try to stop you seeing your friends and/or family?
  • Have your children seen or heard these things or been hurt themselves?

If you have answered yes to more than one of these, or if you do not feel safe or respected, then something isn’t right. You deserve to feel safe.

We want to help you talk through how you feel and help you develop a plan to make yourself safe.

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