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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital.

Family, domestic and sexual violence support services


Call 1800 737 732

Online chat 

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1800RESPECT provides support to people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.

All calls and chats are with a trained counsellor who will provide information and counselling and referrals to services or support.

1800RESPECT for women with disability

Sunny is free to download from the App Store or Google Play Store

Sunny is 1800RESPECTs app for women with disability who have experienced violence or abuse. Sunny can support women to tell their story, understand what has happened, know their rights and find people who can help.

Full Stop Australia

Call 1800 385 578

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National trauma counselling and recovery service for people of all ages and genders experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence. This service is free and confidential. 


Call 1800 353 374


ElderHELP is a free call phone number that automatically redirects callers seeking information and advice on Elder abuse to the phone service in their state or territory

Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Services 

Call: 1300 657 380

Available 9am to 5pm (AEST), 7 days a week. 

Blue knot provides specialist phone counselling service for adult survivors of childhood trauma including abuse.


Call 1800 272 831

Available Mon to Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm AEST

Bravehearts provides support and advice for people affected by child sexual abuse.


Call 1800 605 762

Available Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm

knowmore assists survivors of child sexual abuse by providing free legal advice and support regarding justice and redress options (including the National Redress Scheme).

Men’s Referral Service

Call 1300 766 491

For anyone in Australia whose life has been impacted by men’s use of violence or abusive behaviours. 

Brother to brother 24-hour crisis line 

Call 1800 435 799

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Brother to Brother provides phone support for Aboriginal men who need to talk to someone about relationship issues, family violence, parenting, drug and alcohol issues or who are struggling to cope for other reasons. 

Staffed by Aboriginal men, including Elders, who have a lived experience in these issues.

Rainbow Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Helpline

Call 1800 497 212

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For anyone from the LGBTIQA+ community whose life has been impacted by sexual domestic and/or family violence. This service is free and confidential.

Say It Out Loud 

Immediate phone interpreting (24 hours, every day of the year)

Phone: 131 450 (within Australia)

Phone: +613 9268 8332 (outside Australia)

A national resource for LGBTQ+  communities and service professionals working with people who have experienced sexual, domestic and family violence.

Centre for Women’s Economic Safety


For women experiencing financial abuse and threats to their economic security and wellbeing.

My Blue Sky

Call 02 9514 8115

Text +61 481 070 844

(9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Email [email protected] or visit

Provides free legal and migration support to people experiencing forced marriage and other forms of modern slavery in Australia.

Services Australia

Can help you with family and domestic violence concerns, access payments and connect you to other support services

eSafety Commissioner

A complaints based reporting scheme for cyberbullying of children, serious adult cyber abuse, image based abuse (sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without the consent of the person shown) and illegal and restricted content.

Other support services


Call 13 11 14

Text (SMS) 0477 13 11 14

Online chat

Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Provides all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24/7 confidential crisis support and suicide prevention services. 

Trained volunteers are ready to listen, provide support and referrals.

Kids Helpline

Call 1800 551 800

Online chat

Email [email protected]

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Kids Helpline provides private and confidential counselling for young people aged 5–25 years.


Call 1800 737 732

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. 13YARN offers a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline-trained Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

MensLine Australia

Call 1300 78 99 78

Online chat and counselling

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

MensLine Australia is an information and referral service for men with emotional health, family and relationship concerns.

All staff are qualified professional counsellors, social workers or psychologists specialising in family and relationship issues, including relationship breakdown, separation and divorce, parenting, family violence, suicide prevention and emotional well-being.

Open Arms – Veteran and Families Counselling

Call 1800 011 046

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling is Australia’s leading provider of mental health assessment and counselling for Australian veterans and their families.

Suicide Call Back Service

Call 1300 659 467

Online counselling or video chat

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Counselling support for anyone affected by suicide, including people at risk, carers and those bereaved by suicide.

All staff are qualified professional counsellors, social workers or psychologists and are available 24/7.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)


Provides access to phone and on site interpreting services in over 150 languages.

Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS)

(08) 8999 8353 (24 hours)

Fax (08) 8923 7621 

Email: [email protected]

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Standard business hours are 8am and 4:21pm, Monday to Friday. 

After hours interpreting services are for urgent matters only.

Helps to address language barriers faced by Indigenous people in the Northern Territory. 

Interpreters are trained to work in a wide range of settings and environments including legal and justice systems, health care, education, social services and community engagement. 

National Relay Service (NRS)

Voice relay number 
 1300 555 727

 TTY number 133 677 

SMS relay number
0423 677 767

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone relay service allowing people who cannot hear or do not use their voice to communicate with a hearing person over the phone.

If you feel you can’t call any of the above services, you can also:

  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Contact your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • Go to the Head to Health website, which provides an online gateway to trusted mental health resources and content from Australia’s leading health organisations.

Note: the AIHW does not take responsibility for the information or advice accessed outside our website.

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