Family Violence Support
Social isolation is a risk factor for domestic violence, so for those already at risk, the shutdown restrictions could make things worse.
It is more important than ever to try and maintain social connections online or over the phone if it is safe to do so and to regularly check in with friends, neighbours and family, especially if you are concerned about their safety.
Family violence is any threatening, coercive, dominating or abusive behaviour that occurs between people in any household or family, that causes another person to feel fear. It can come in many forms, such as physical and sexual violence and often includes controlling and coercive behaviours.
If you have concerns for your own safety or that of your family it is important to know that you can reach out for support and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 for emergency services.
If you are aware of someone who may be at risk during the current restrictions, please stay in contact and try to support them. Further information for family, friends and neighbours can be found here
Or you can view the resources developed by the Victorian Government
The following specialist family violence services can provide immediate assistance if you are experiencing family violence.
- 1800 737 732
- 24/7 response line and chat service
No to Violence
- 1300 766 491
- Men's referral service
Domestic Violence Resource Centre
- For information and advice about your concerns for someone else
- 1800 542 847
- Specialist LGBTIQ family violence service