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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence line (24 hours)1800 65 64 63 if you are in immediate danger call 000

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What is domestic violence? > What are the effects?

What are the effects?

Domestic and family violence has major personal, social and economic effects.

Some of these include:

  • Death, illness, injury and disability. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of death, illness and disability for women aged under 45.
  • Emotional and psychological trauma. Domestic and family violence can have a devastating impact on an individual’s physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Children who witness violence experience emotional distress and they are also more likely to experience or use violence in their future relationships.
  • Destroys family life. Violence and the threat of violence at home creates fear and can destroy family environments and lead to the break-up of families.
  • Homelessness. Nearly one third of people in NSW seeking help from specialist homelessness services say domestic and family violence is an issue.
  • Economic. Domestic and family violence is estimated to cost the NSW economy more than $4.5 billion each year.

More help

  • For more information about domestic and family violence see what is domestic violence?
  • For 24 hour telephone counselling, information and referrals to refuges, call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 or 1800 RESPECT (Australia-wide service).
  • For 24 hour counselling and suicide prevention, call Lifeline anytime on 13 11 14.
  • BeyondBlue provides 24 hour online and telephone support (1300 22 4636) for people with depression and/or anxiety.
  • For 24 hour phone counselling for people under 25, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
  • Health services help
  • Accommodation help
  • Financial help