Family Violence

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What is family violence?

Family violence refers to violence that occurs between partners or other family members. It’s any behavior that is violent, threatening, controlling or intended to make you or your family feel scared and unsafe. Family violence can include emotional, verbal, social, economic, psychological, spiritual, physical and sexual abuse.

Family violence can happen to anyone — that is, a person from any country, religion, sexuality, gender, social background or culture.

Family violence support during COVID-19

Even with restrictions easing, the impacts of COVID-19 will continue to put added pressure on families, and may change your personal situation and the dynamics of your family. But times of stress and hardship are never an excuse for violence.  Everyone has the right to live without violence and the fear of abuse.

It is never acceptable.

If family violence is affecting you or someone you love, or you’re concerned for someone else’s safety, there is help available. 

Victoria Police have indicated that their family violence response will not change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Always call 000 if you or someone else is in danger

Support for women and children:  

If you need family violence information and support, the following organisations are able to assist:

  • 1800 RESPECT - National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service (24/7 support)
    Call: 1800 737 732 / NRS: 1800 555 677 / Interpreter: 13 14 50

Support for men

Specialist Aboriginal family violence support service:

Specialist LGBTIQ family violence support service:

For information on keeping safe from family violence during COVID-19 visit:

For legal support contact:

Further information and support options:

www.dss.gov.au/women/help-is-here-campaign

Other resources

For further information on Domestic and Family Violence Referral Options click here.

The Health Translations Directory has a range of multilingual family violence resources available in 46 languages.

Ask Izzy helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find the services they need, right now and nearby.