Domestic and Family Violence factsheet

In Australia, domestic and family violence is not accepted

Domestic and family violence are crimes against the law.

A person who commits these crimes can go to jail, whether they are a man or a woman.

If you or someone you know is in danger call the police on 000.

Police in Australia are safe and can be trusted.

For free, confidential counselling and information call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

If you need a free interpreter call 131 450.

The Australian Government does not tolerate domestic and family violence under any circumstances

Domestic and family violence includes behaviour or threats that aim to control a male or female partner by causing fear or threatening their safety. Domestic and family violence can include:

  • hitting;
  • choking;
  • denying essential money to the partner or family;
  • isolating the partner from friends and family;
  • insulting or constantly criticising the partner; and
  • threatening children or pets.

Women have the same rights as men

Australian laws treat women and men equally.

Everyone has the right to live free from violence, in a happy relationship and community.

Women do not have to accept being treated badly or harmed.

There are culturally sensitive services in Australia that can help

1800 RESPECT is Australia’s National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling service. It provides free, confidential telephone and online counselling and information. Counsellors will listen to you, answer questions and can refer you to other support services in your local area.

Call 1800 737 732 or go to the 1800 RESPECT website at

Do you need an interpreter?

Call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for free on 131 450. TIS can help you to communicate with other services. TIS does not provide counselling.

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