If you're in trouble, but can't alert your attacker to the fact you are calling the police, call anyway and hold the line. Don't say anything when an operator picks up and you will automatically be transferred to another line. There you'll be asked to hit 55.

Police will understand the reason for your silence and how opening your mouth will invite greater distress.

When done from a landline the police will track you down your location using location services and arrive as soon as possible.

If you're calling from a mobile phone police will investigate who owns the phone and come to the address registered to that phone.

See this article for further information

Understanding violence

Get informed about the facts on violence against women and their children, and bust the myths that excuse, minimise and condone violent behaviour.
Visit the Our Watch website


National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line24 hour
phone: 1800 RESPECT 

Phone: 1800 737 732
For 24 hour online counselling service visit the 1800RESPECT website

Australian Childhood Foundation

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting children and families devastated by abuse, family violence and neglect.
Phone: 1800 176 453 (Free Call).
AddressPO BOX 525, Ringwood VIC 3134.
Visit the Australian Childhood Foundation website

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.
Phone Freecall: 1800 551 800
Address: Kids Helpline Administration, GPO Box 2469, Brisbane QLD 4001
Visit the Kids Helpline website


Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute.
People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line 13 11 14 about:Suicidal thoughts or attempts, Personal crisis
Anxiety, Depression, Loneliness, Abuse and trauma, Stresses from work, family or society, Self-help information for friends and family
Address: PO Box 173, Deakin ACT 2600
Visit the Lifeline website


MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78 – 24 hour line
Visit the Mensline website

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. We aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
Phone: 1300 364 277
Visit the Relationships Australia website


WESNET is a national women’s peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence.
Go to the Wesnet website

Department of Human Services

The Australian Government Department of Human Services supports people affected by family and domestic violence by providing information, resources and referrals.
Visit the Department of Human Services website

Reach Out

If you’re experiencing domestic violence, there are services available to help you regardless of where you live in Australia.
The following domestic violence helplines can put you in touch with the right service for your needs, or provide a listening ear. They’re available 24/7 nationally or locally in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, NT, TAS and ACT.
Visit the Reach Out website


eSafetyWomen is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences. This initiative of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.
The eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online.
Go to the eSafetyWomen website

Women’s Safety after Separation

We provides information to women facing separation, particularly where there is violence and abuse. We hope this information will help women to negotiate safety for themselves and their children. However, we acknowledge that there needs to be important changes in how domestic violence, child protection and family law issues are dealt with to improve the safety of women and children.
Visit the Women’s Safety after Separation website

Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA)

Women’s Legal Services Australia is a national network of community legal centres specialising in women’s legal issues. We are part of the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC).
Our mission is to promote a legal system that is safe, supportive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of women accessing justice.
Visit the Women’s Legal Services Australia contact page

White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is a domestic violence primary prevention campaign – specifically, we work to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support services listed on the resources page page.
Visit the White Ribbon resources page

Blue Knot Foundation

Telephone counselling for adult survivors of childhood trauma, their friends, family and the health care professionals who support them.
1300 657 380 9am – 5pm
Visit the Blue Knot website

State Crisis line numbers


Domestic Violence
02 6280 0900

Sexual Assault
02 6247 2525


Domestic Violence (DoCS)
1800 656 463

Sexual Assault (Sydney)
02 9819 6565

Sexual Assault (Rural)
1800 424 017


Dawn House (Darwin) (24 hours)
08 8945 1388

Domestic Violence Counselling Services (Mon-Fri 8-4)
08 8945 6200

Sexual Assault (Katherine) (Mon – Fri 9-5)
08 8971 0777

Sexual Assault (Tennant Creek) (Mon – Fri 9-5)
08 8962 4364

Sexual Assault (Darwin)
08 8922 7156

Sexual Assault (Alice Springs)
08 8951 5880


Domestic Violence
1800 811 811

Sexual Assault
1800 010 120


Domestic Violence
1800 800 098

Sexual Assault
1800 817 421

Ending domestic violence
is everybody’s business.

You have the power to decide how you will respond. It’s not about being a hero – it’s about doing something small to help prevent possible harm to someone else.