If you feel unsafe at home, you can speak out
We will listen to you, believe you, and help you.
We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Interpreters are available and all calls are confidential. If you are hearing impaired, call the National Relay Service on 133 677 133 677.
If you can’t call the NSW Domestic Violence Line, you can reach out to 1800RESPECT online chat. You will need to answer a few quick questions and then you can start chatting to a counsellor online.
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call the Police on Triple Zero   .
Free call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 1800 65 64 63.
The NSW Domestic Violence Line can:
- explain services and supports available to you
- help you with your safety plan, including providing transport for you and your children
- refer you to support services such as counselling
- help you contact the police, courts or lawyers
- help you find a safe place to stay
- provide you with helpful resources
You can speak to a counsellor online through 1800RESPECT online chat.
Helping someone else
If you know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can help them to feel safe and seek help. Find out how you can offer support on our website or by calling the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 1800 65 64 63.
Staying safe online and on your devices
Domestic and family violence can include a partner or ex-partner checking the websites you visit or using technology in other ways t o control or harass you. Find out how to stay safe if you think an abusive person could be harassing, stalking, or monitoring you by using technology.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic and family violence is when a partner, former partner or family member tries to scare, intimidate, hurt or control you. In Australia:
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner (AIHW, 2019)
- 1 woman is killed every 9 days and 1 man is killed every 29 days by a partner (AIHW, 2019)
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced emotional abuse from a partner (AIHW, 2019)
There’s never an excuse for violence.
Types of abuse
Domestic and family violence is not just physical. It can include:
- calling you names or putting you down, and other types of verbal abuse
- scaring you or telling you no one will believe you, or any other abuse that harms you emotionally
- ignoring you or threatening to hurt themselves, and other types of psychological abuse that affects your mental health
- not letting you access bank accounts, providing only a small ‘allowance’ or not letting you have a job, and other types of financial abuse or control
- hitting, choking or shaking you, and other types of abuse that physically harms you
- forcing you to have sex or perform sexual acts, or any other form of sexual abuse
- following you, tracking you via GPS or calling you repeatedly, or other types of stalking or harassment
- using religious beliefs to scare you, stopping you from practising your religion or forcing you to take part in religious practices, and other types of spiritual or religious abuse
- forcing you to become pregnant, forcing you to have an abortion or throwing away your birth control, or any other type of reproductive abuse
- taking, sharing or threatening to share an intimate photo of you without your consent, or committing any other type of image-based abuse as a way of controlling or degrading you
- tracking your phone, reading your personal messages or pretending to be you online, or any other type of technological abuse
Look out for warning signs of abusive behaviour, including if a partner or family member:
- tries to control you
- pressures you to do things you don’t want to do
- deliberately hurts you
- acts extremely jealous
- puts you down
- threatens you
Share our Campaign
You can help empower people experiencing domestic and family violence to speak out by downloading and sharing our campaign resources.
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