Domestic Violence is a Crime

Domestic violence can happen to anyone

Domestic and family violence takes many forms. It involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear. It doesn’t have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of abuse.

It can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location.

Anyone in immediate danger should call the police on Triple Zero (000).

For information, support and referrals, call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63.

It Stops Here Safer Pathway is a new approach to supporting victim safety. Please visit the service provider page for further information and resources.

The Aurora app is a valuable resource for those experiencing domestic violence or who have a friend who is. Read more about the Aurora app.

You have the right to live safely in your home: please visit the Staying Home Leaving Violence page for more information.

To find out how to protect yourself when using this site and to delete your internet history, see our Internet safety page.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7days).

If English is not your first language and you require more information about domestic and family violence please visit the Publications page.