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Help is available for Queenslanders affected by domestic and family violence

What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence happens when one person in a relationship uses abuse or violence to maintain power and control over the other person.

Abuse is not only physical – it can be emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological or technology-based.

It is controlling or threatening behaviour that causes the person being abused to be fearful.

Find out more about domestic and family violence and learn to recognise the signs.

Types of abuse

Domestic and family violence is not about conflict, it is about power and control. It is behaviour that makes someone feel unsafe and threatened and it is never acceptable.

Domestic and family violence includes many types of abuse.

Find out about the types of domestic and family violence.

Help and support is available

If you think you may be experiencing or using domestic and family violence, help and support is available. We urge you to reach out and seek help.

Police

Triple Zero (000)(24/7)

If you are in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the police.

If making a phone call isn’t a safe option for you, you can contact the police online.

Visit the Queensland Police Service website

DVConnect Womensline

1800 811 811 (24/7)

Free, confidential crisis support, advice and referrals for all people identifying as female — regardless of ethnicity, religion, age or disability — experiencing or using domestic and family violence.

Visit the DVConnect Womensline website

DVConnect Mensline

1800 600 636 (9am to midnight, 7 days)

Free, confidential crisis support, advice and referrals for all people identifying as male – regardless of ethnicity, religion, age or disability – experiencing or using domestic and family violence.

Visit the DVConnect Mensline website

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800 (24/7)

Help is available anytime, for any reason.

WebChat counselling (24/7) – if you can’t get to a phone or prefer to chat online, you can connect one-on-one with a Kids Helpline counsellor.

Visit the Kids Helpline website

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14 (24/7)

Free and confidential crisis support for all Australians. Help is available via phone, text or online chat.

Crisis text (12pm to midnight) – text 0477 13 11 14 and you will be connected with a crisis supporter as soon as one is available.

Online chat (7pm to midnight) – chat online with a crisis supporter via the Lifeline Australia website.

Visit the Lifeline Australia website

Sexual Assault Helpline

1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days)

Telephone support and counselling for any Queenslander – regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability – who has or thinks they may have been sexually assaulted or abused, or for those who are concerned someone they care about might have been assaulted or abused.

Visit the Sexual Assault Helpline website

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples support

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
(07) 3328 8500

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Services
1800 887 700 (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
1800 012 255 (24/7)

Find more resources online, including translated materials.

Alcohol and Drug Information Service

1800 177 833 (24/7)

Alcohol and drug use can be a contributing factor to domestic and family violence. It does not excuse domestic and family violence. Reach out for support if you have alcohol and other drug concerns.

Visit the Alcohol and Drug Information Service website

Regional and specialist services

Use the Online service finder to locate domestic and family violence support services in your region.

Do you use domestic and family violence in your relationship?

Using violence and other forms of abuse is a choice. Individuals are responsible for their own behaviour and how they choose to react to stress factors. It takes courage to ask for help to change your behaviour.

No one deserves to be abused – there is no excuse for using domestic and family violence.

Help is available if you want to stop using violence and abuse. 

Action to end domestic and family violence

We are all responsible for addressing domestic and family violence.

Download and share the following campaign resources in your workplace or local community group:

Additional domestic and family violence resources are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people who speak languages other than English.

Find out how you can help to end domestic and family violence in your workplace or local community.

Find out more about what the Queensland Government is doing to end domestic and family violence in Queensland.