Domestic violence line (24 hours)1800 65 64 63 if you are in immediate danger call 000
Making relationship decisions
Support if you end the relationship
If you decide to end the relationship, you can get support to move out and stay safe, or support to stay in your home without your partner.
If you decide to leave the relationship and move out, you can get help to find somewhere to live and stay safe.
If you need emergency accommodation, contact the 24 hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463. They can put you in contact with the nearest women’s refuge.
For help with longer term accommodation, you can apply for the Start Safely Subsidy. Start Safely provides time-limited financial assistance towards rent to help you secure accommodation after leaving a violent situation. You have to be eligible for social housing to be eligible for Start Safely. To find out more about Start Safely and social housing, call 1800 422 322 or find your local Housing NSW office or see the Start Safely fact sheet.
For other information about financial assistance, contact Centrelink on 13 61 50 (if you have dependent children) or on 13 28 50 (if you do not have dependent children).
The Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services Program helps prevent domestic and family violence escalating among high-risk targeted groups and in targeted communities. The program operates in the following locations:
If you decided to leave the relationship, you can get support to stay safe in your home.
An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) can prevent the abuser from returning to your home. This is known as an ‘exclusion order’.
For legal advice about domestic and family violence contact Law Access NSW on their free legal advice line 1300 888 529.
A Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) can also help you to obtain legal protection from domestic violence and help you to access support services. Contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for a referral to your nearest WDVCAS.
The Staying Home Leaving Violence Program is a long-term service that can support you to stay in your home safely. As part of this program, the violent person is removed from the home – either voluntarily or through an Apprehended Violence Order. The program provides a range of support services, including: safety planning, improving your home’s security, assistance in managing finances, support for children and help throughout the legal process. Call the Staying Home Leaving Violence program in your area for more information:
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Women’s Refuges can also support you to live safely at home. Contact the 24 hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 for more information and to find a women’s refuge near you.
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