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: 1300 766 491, Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm

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Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Tel: 1800 015 188 (toll free)

Men's Referral Service
Tel: 1300 766 491
Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm

Victoria Police
Tel: 000

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