Family violence

The Victorian government is committed to ending family violence and has invested in programs that protect and support women and children.

Help is available for those who have experienced family violence. Family violence includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, damage to property, social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

If you need help there are a number of telephone numbers you can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or services you can visit.

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre provides confidential support and information for women and children living with family violence or to anyone who knows a person living with family violence.

Tel: 1800 015 188 (toll free)

Men's Referral Service

The Men's Referral Service is an anonymous and confidential telephone service provided for men by men.

Tel: 1300 766 491 (free call within Victoria) Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm

Victims of Crime Helpline

Male victims of family violence can contact the Victims of Crime Helpline for information, advice, support, and access to the Victims Assistance Program.

Tel: 1800 819 817 Text: 0427 767 891

Open 7 days a week, 8am – 11pm

Immediate danger

If you are or you know someone who is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.