Are you safe at home? quiz

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If you’re worried someone you know may be experiencing family violence, ask if they are safe and if there’s anything you can do to help. Many people worry they’ll be interfering, but with the right approach this conversation could make a real difference. 

It is highly likely that the person you know is experiencing family violence. 

It takes a lot of strength and courage to tell someone about violence or abuse. If someone opens up to you, it’s important that you listen without interrupting, believe them, and take the abuse seriously. If they are in immediate danger, call triple zero (000).

Connect them with professional support

If you know someone who is unsafe at home, the best thing you can do is tell them about specialist family violence services who can offer professional support. These services are ready to help.

Find a service

Find a specialist family violence service in your state in our service directory using the tabs.

These services either work directly with people experiencing family violence or will connect them to services that do.

Use the tab to find services in the state you are located in.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service

DVCS provides 24/7 assistance to anyone affected by family violence. DVCS also provides direct crisis intervention and telephone support, access to safe accommodation, court support to people who have been subjected to family violence, referrals and information for women, men and young people.

Toora Women Inc. (Toora)

Toora Domestic Violence Service is the ACT’s largest specialist domestic and family violence support service for women and children.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

A 24/7 service providing crisis intervention, safety planning and access to emergency accommodation to those in the ACT subjected to and using violence within their intimate partner and family relationships.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

NSW Domestic Violence Line

A statewide service providing telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same-sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.

Link2Home

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.

Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM)

Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM) is a registered charity which aims to prevent and provide support for people experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) and homelessness.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Dawn House

Provides services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS)

Support, referral, outreach and domestic violence crisis accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are homeless or escaping family violence.

CatholicCare NT

CatholicCare NT provides free support and services for those impacted by violence or using violence in their relationships. Specialist services are provided in Darwin, Naiuyu, Tiwi Islands and Wadeye.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Brisbane Domestic Violence Service

A free and confidential service for people in the Brisbane Metropolitan area who are affected by domestic and family violence. The Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) is a free and confidential service for people in the Brisbane Metropolitan area who are affected by domestic and family violence. The service supports women, children, family members, same […]

DV Connect

A free service for women, men, children and pets affected by domestic and family violence across Queensland.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Women’s Information Service

For referrals to domestic violence services and for safety information.

Women’s Safety Service SA

Statewide service for women of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds who are in unsafe relationships.

Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Services

Counselling and support for women experiencing domestic and family violence

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Safe Steps

Crisis support and accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence in Victoria.

Rainbow Door

Free information, support, and referrals for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, asexual and queer people, friends and family.

Djirra

Culturally safe family violence and legal support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

InTouch

Tailored support for women from migrant and refugee communities experiencing family violence, available in many languages.

Senior Rights Victoria

Support for older people experiencing or at risk of family violence and elder abuse.

The Orange Door

Support and services for people at risk, including for family and domestic violence or abuse, and for families needing extra support with the wellbeing and development of children.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Yarning SafeNStrong

Free confidential helpline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line

Information and referral service for response, counselling, information and other support services provided by Safe at Home

Safe Choices

Statewide service providing practical support, advice and referral to support services, for those people experiencing family violence

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service

Offers professional and specialised services to assist children, young peoplpe and adults affected by family violence

Engender Equality (Hobart)

Statewide service that supports people affected by family violence and offers a counselling service.

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

1800RESPECT

National counselling helpline, information and support.

Kids Helpline

Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline

A statewide helpline providing support for women, with or without children, who are experiencing domestic and family violence in WA (including referrals to women’s refuges)

Sexual Assault Resource Centre

A statewide service providing emergency services and counselling for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault

Men’s Referral Service

Confidential support for men at risk of using family violence.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Support for people who have experienced both past or recent sexual assault.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Information and support for male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

Keep in contact

Family violence and abuse can be very isolating. Your support can make a big difference.

Wait until you have an opportunity to speak with the person alone and approach the conversation sensitively and empathetically. Don’t pressure them to talk if they are uncomfortable. Be patient and let them know you’re there if they need to talk.

Try to reach out regularly over the phone, on social media, or by email. It’s also important to respect someone’s wishes if they ask you to contact them less often.

Looking after yourself

Supporting a friend or relative who is being abused can be difficult. Remember to look after yourself and get help if you need it. You can contact 1800 Respect or a specialist family violence service for advice.