Contacts: Family violence

 

The following services are available for women (and, in some cases, men) in situations of family violence.

Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

Web: www.fvpls.org

Gippsland office (services Gippsland):

27 Pyke Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Tel: 5153 2322; 1800 105 303

Melbourne metro office:

292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Vic 3067

Tel: 9244 3333; 1800 105 303

Mildura office (services Mildura, Robinvale and Wentworth):

151 Langtree Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500

Tel: 5021 3200; 1800 105 303

Warrnambool office (services Framlingham, Geelong, Hamilton, Heywood, Portland and Warrnambool):

177 Koroit Street, Warrnambool Vic 3280

Tel: 5562 5755; 1800 105 303

Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs)

Tel (sexual assault crisis line): 1800 806 292 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Web: www.casa.org.au

There are CASAs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria; see the website for their addresses.

Children’s Protection Society

Tel: 9450 0900

Email: cps@cps.org.au

Web: www.cps.org.au

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

292 Wellington Street, Collingwood Vic 3066

Tel: 9486 9866

Web: www.dvrcv.org.au

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence Tel: 9413 6500; 1800 755 988

Email: admin@intouch.org.au

Web: www.intouch.org.au

inTouch is a Victoria-wide service that provides services and programs for women from culturally diverse backgrounds who are affected by family violence.

MensLine Australia

Tel: 1300 789 978 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Web: https://mensline.org.au

Confidential telephone and online counselling for men with family and relationship concerns.

No to Violence Men’s Referral Service

Tel: 1300 766 491

Web: www.ntvmrs.org.au

1800 RESPECT: National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

Tel: 1800 RESPECT; 1800 737 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Web: www.1800respect.org.au

Safe Steps: Family Violence Response Centre

Tel: 9928 9600; 1800 015 188

Email: admin@safesteps.org.au

Web: www.safesteps.org.au

For security, the addresses of women’s refuges are not available. Safe Steps provides a state-wide, central referral service for women in need of crisis accommodation. It also provides advice, counselling and support groups.

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)

VOCAT’s principal registry:

Level 1, 233 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9628 7855

Email: help@vocat.vic.gov.au

Web: www.vocat.vic.gov.au

VOCAT operates from every Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.

Victims of Crime Helpline

Tel: 1800 819 817; text: 0427 767 89

Email: vsa@justice.vic.gov.au

Web: www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au

Victoria Police

Every 24-hour police station has family violence liaison officers. Many stations have Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) units.

Tel: 000

Web: www.police.vic.gov.au

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Child protection:

Tel (after hours crisis line): 13 12 78 (Monday to Friday: 5 pm to 9 am; weekends and public holidays: 24 hours)

Web: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/children,-families-and-young-people/child-protection

WIRE: Women’s Information

372 Spencer Street, West Melbourne Vic 3003

Tel: 1300 134 130

Email: support@wire.org.au

Web: www.wire.org.au

Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Level 10, 277 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 8622 0600; 1800 133 302

Email: admin@womenslegal.org.au

Web: www.womenslegal.org.au

Advice and legal services for women only