Family violence help

Get help with family violence and learn more about how violence can impact the separation process.

Family violence can take many forms. It can include abuse that is emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, verbal or social. You or your children don't need to be physically hurt to have experienced domestic or family violence.

Family violence is violent, threatening or other behaviour that coerces or controls a member or members of the person’s family or causes the family member to be fearful. It often involves a pattern of behaviour that causes fear.

If you are unsure whether you or your children are experiencing family violence, you can get help and support by calling 1800 737 732 or visiting the 1800 Respect Website. This is a trusted service which provides detailed information to help you identify family violence and lists supports that are available. The service is confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everyone has a right to feel safe and to live free from violence. If you think you are experiencing family violence, you can get help and support.

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Migration and Family Violence

You should get urgent legal advice if you are on a visa or seeking a visa which is dependent on your relationship with your partner, and you are separated or separating.

This is a complex area of law and timing is important. Do not delay in getting legal help as soon as possible.

Contact the free Legal Help Line in your state or territory.

Pets and Family Violence

There are a number of services that may be able to assist with crisis care for pets in situations where someone is experiencing family violence and is worried about the welfare of their pet if they leave the relationship.

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