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Are you experiencing family or domestic violence?
Don’t know where to start to get help?

We believe that every person in a relationship should feel safe and respected and free from any form of violence or oppression.

This website explains what domestic and family violence is. It is not just physical violence.

DVassist is here to help, with information, resources and practical support for those experiencing or concerned about others who may be experiencing domestic and family violence.

Domestic and family violence can often be hard to define and understand. Behavioural abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse can all be forms of domestic and family violence. This website is a resource to help you to learn more about domestic and family violence, and to connect you to local domestic and family violence help.

For some visitors to this site, you may know you want or need to leave your partner. Or you may need to or want to stay, and instead learn how to manage your situation, either in the home or online (or both). For family and friends who may be worried for your loved ones, you are welcome to use this site to find help and information.

We know that many people have questions or are looking for help in relation to:

  • Counselling and support
  • Mental health and narcissistic traits
  • The role of police intervention if it does not seem to be an emergency
  • Rent assistance, emergency housing or refuge accommodation
  • Financial and legal options
  • Caring for children in domestic and family violence situations

What we do know, is every situation is different. We hope the resources made available here will guide you towards making safe, healthy, respectful decisions for you and your family, whether you are in crisis, have chosen to stay or want to leave.

Quick Exit

Over the past two years DVassist has been offering a telephone and webchat counselling service as part of a pilot project funded by the Commonwealth Government.

The project is now complete and consequently our counselling services are no longer operating as of Friday 21 October 2022.

For 24-hour confidential information, counselling and support for family and domestic violence please call
1800 Respect on 1800 737 732.

For crisis support, including referrals to women’s refuges, please call Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline on
1800 007 339.

If you are in immediate danger
please call 000.