Domestic violence is the use of any form of violence by one person to control another.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, in an emergency, call the police on 000 or call the Domestic Violence 24-hour Crisis Line on 1800 65 64 63.
Domestic violence can take many forms including: fear, intimidation, verbal and physical abuse, emotional and economic abuse, social and sexual abuse, stalking and controlling behaviours.
Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network
The Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network has established a new website to support people from the local area who are experiencing domestic violence. The site contains a range of resources including links to services, current programs and events and a variety of publications.
In 2013, the NSW Government launched the Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.
The Reform is a whole-of-government response to domestic violence in NSW including an improved service delivery model. Visit the NSW Government's central point of access for all documents relating to Domestic and Family Violence Reform - It Stops Here.
The RESPECT Campaign is aimed at influencing children and young people to have healthy and respectful relationships.
Family Safety Pack
The Australian Government has also developed a family safety pack with information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.The pack aims to reduce violence against women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, by ensuring they understand their rights and where to get support if needed. It also aims to strengthen support for women coming to Australia on a Partner Visa, by providing information on the family violence visa provisions and available support.
The pack is a key initiative of the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Under the Second Action Plan, the Australian Government is committed to understanding and addressing violence against women from CALD backgrounds and improving support available to CALD women. The family safety pack factsheets have been translated into 22 languages and are available here: Family Safety Pack
Legal Aid Video
Most often the victims of domestic violence are women. Thus there are Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services to assist women (and children) who are experiencing domestic and family violence. View this Legal Aid NSW video on Youtube.
DV Apps and Support
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a national confidential, 24-hour, seven days a week telephone counselling hotline that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Specialist counsellors will provide counselling, information, advice, and referrals, free of charge. The Daisy app connects women to services around Australia and can be downloaded from www.1800respect.org.au/daisy/
In NSW, the Aurora app provides information about NSW services and is available to
download and use it on your mobile phone now.
If you are feeling unsafe right NOW, call 000.
There are further services providing support:
- NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63 (24 hrs)
- NSW Rape Crisis Centre 9819 6565
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- Lifeline 131 114
- North Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service 8425 8707, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blue Knot Foundation for adults surviving child abuse 1300 657 380, or email email@example.com