Your safety

If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

You can also call the police on 131 444 to report a crime after it’s happened.

For information and access to a refuge, call DVConnect 1800 811 811 (24 hour telephone advice line).

For domestic violence crisis counselling, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) (24 hour telephone counselling line).

For crisis counselling, information and referral in relation to sexual assault, call 1800 010 120 (7.30am–11.30pm, 7 days).

If your partner or ex-partner makes you feel unsafe, threatened or worthless you may be experiencing domestic violence

You have a right to feel safe and live free from violence.

One in three women experience violence in Australia. Domestic violence is a social problem, not a private problem. You are not alone.

For more information about your safety, take a look at the following factsheets prepared by the Women’s Legal Service.

Deciding to Separate

Deciding whether to stay or leave an abusive relationship is not an easy decision. This is your decision. Whether you choose to stay or separate, there are services to assist you. This factsheet provides information to help you make this difficult decision.

Making a Safety Plan

If you are experiencing domestic violence, your safety and your children’s safety is important. Whether you are in an abusive relationship, have separated, or are planning to separate – you can plan to increase your safety. This factsheet provides information regarding making a safety plan. Don’t forget to protect your digital safety as well – see this practical information from WESNET.

Digital Safety and Domestic Violence

Most of us rely on technology to organise our lives, access information and keep in touch with family and friends. However technology can also put your personal safety at risk. Increasingly, technology is being used by abusers to monitor, intimidate and stalk their partners. This factsheet provides information and practical steps to increase your digital safety.  


Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone about your situation and concerns. Counsellors provide a safe environment to help you think clearly and to process your experiences. Click here for more information.