Domestic and family violence
Domestic violence (often called ‘family violence’) can include physical, verbal, sexual or emotional abuse. Children who witness regular acts of violence have greater emotional and behavioural problems than other children. Even very young children can be profoundly frightened and affected.
If you have experienced violence, the Department of Human Services provides support services and offers violence prevention programs.
- Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service - 1800 015 188 (toll free)
- Men's Referral Service - (03) 9428 2899 or 1800 065 973 (free call within Victoria), Mon-Fri 12 noon - 9pm
Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Tel: 1800 015 188 (toll free)
Men's Referral Service
Tel: (03) 9428 2899 or 1800 065 973 (free call within Victoria)
Mon - Fri 12 noon to 9 pm