The following organisations may be able to assist you in getting safe, professional help and support.
If you or your family are in immediate danger, please call the police on 000.
1800RESPECT counselling service
1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
The service is available 24/7 and provides confidential online chat or telephone support for anyone experiencing violence or abuse themselves, or for family/friends/work colleagues who may be concerned about someone.
The 1800RESPECT website provides information on how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, and who might be more at risk, and how to broach the subject if you are worried.
You can also call 1800 737 732 for support, 24/7 or download one of their apps.
- Daisy is an app that provides information about support services in your area.
- Sunny is 1800RESPECT’s app for women with disability. It can support you if you have experienced violence and abuse.
Ask Izzy is a website that connects people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, counselling and more.
If you’re on the Telstra or Vodafone mobile networks, you can access Ask Izzy on your phone even if you don’t have credit or access to wifi.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) Financial Assistance program is available to people:
- on temporary visas, or with uncertain visa status, who are living in Australia, and,
- experiencing family or domestic violence, and,
- experiencing financial hardship.
Beyond Blue provides information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia.
It offers free, anonymous forums and confidential support services 24/7.
Domestic violence NSW
Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) is the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services in New South Wales. DVNSW is not a direct support service.
It provides a list of organisations that assist with help and referrals if you’re experiencing violence. These resources may be able to assist you in getting safe, professional help and support.
Domestic and family violence
If you're needing help or advice, call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. They are available 24/7 and can:
- explain services and supports available to you
- help you with your safety plan
- refer you to support services such as counselling
- help you contact the police, courts or lawyers
- help you find a safe place to stay
- help with transport for you and your children.
Healthdirect has free approved health advice about domestic violence and abusive relationships.
Link2home is the statewide homelessness information and referral telephone service. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
From 9am to 10pm daily, they provide callers with information, assessments and referrals to homelessness support and accommodation services across NSW.
Between 10pm and 9am they provide information and assessment only and will refer people to emergency services if required. Referral to accommodation and support services is not possible during these hours.
You can call Link2home Homelessness on 1800 152 152.
National Debt Helpline
Domestic and family violence can cause financial hardship. The National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit service that helps people tackle their debt problems.
If you're in financial difficulty as a result of domestic and family violence, you can get free support from a financial counsellor on 1800 007 007.
Redfern Legal Centre Financial Abuser Service
Redfern Legal Centre provides free legal advice and support across NSW.
RSPCA Community Domestic Violence Program
RSPCA NSW offers practical solutions for pet owners who are leaving situations of domestic violence.
They aim to safely house and care for pets, allowing owners time to find safe refuge for themselves, with the aim of reuniting them with their beloved pet as soon as possible.
The Salvation Army provides a wide range of services around the country to support women and women with children impacted by domestic and family violence.
The Salvation Army has a range of services that can help you find safety and support.
St Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not.
If you need support call 13 18 12.
White Ribbon Australia
Find emergency help lines, counselling and support services all across Australia.
A NSW State-wide community legal centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and youth.
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy
The Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP) Unit administers NSW Government funding for a network of 27 Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services across the state.
Call 1800 WDVCAS or 1800 938 227 to find out if support is available.