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Domestic Violence Support Group

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur within intimate relationships and take place in domestic settings. It is a form of violence that can occur with-in any relationship (family or intimate partner).

Domestic violence is about power and control and there are many ways this control can be exerted. It includes physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse; social and economic deprivation.

Domestic Violence in Australia

    • One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
    • One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner
    • Women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.
    • Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.

Useful Contacts

Safe Steps

1800 015 188

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre is the state-wide family violence response for women and children experiencing violence.

Safe Steps services include:

  • 24/7 family violence response line
  • Risk assessment
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Safety Planning
  • Support
  • Information
  • Advocacy


1800 737 732 

1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. It is a confidential online and telephone counselling, information and referral service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.