If you or someone you know might be experiencing domestic violence, there is help available to you right now. You can reach out to one of the following organisations for advice and support.
Link 2 Home
If home is not safe and you have no place to stay, this service can help with up to 2 nights’ accommodation, as well as refer you to other services you may need around NSW. The service operates every day of the year, 24/7.
Mens Line Australia
A national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues.
This service provides 24/7 phone and online counselling, as well as access to interpreters free of charge. They have information on safety planning, support services, and how you can access help.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia
Provides 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling for anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of, sexual assault or family/domestic violence.
Suggest that your friend or relative contact their local Police Station for advice and support. Many stations also have a specialised Domestic Violence Liaison Officer. Of course, always call 000 if there is immediate danger or you fear something may be about to happen.
No one needs to face their problems alone. LifeLine has both 24/7 phone counselling and online crisis support chat, as well as general information and resources.
Encourage your friend or relative to contact a GP for advice and support. They don’t need to be physically harmed to talk to a doctor.
Talk to a trusted friend or family member
Your friend or relative needs someone they can trust. If you can’t be that person, suggest they share with and talk to someone who can help them to feel less isolated and provide them with much-needed support.
A specialised domestic violence counselling service
Suggest that your friend or relative contact their local women’s health centre, as they can point women in the right direction. BaptistCare Relationship Services provides specialised counselling in the Western Sydney and Central Coast regions of NSW.