Family violence prevention and support
We are committed to preventing family violence in Mitchell Shire.
Family and domestic violence is any violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour that occurs in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. Intimate partners, family members and non-family carers can perpetuate violence. Young people can also use violence or be victims of violence within their family.
Although domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, evidence shows that in most cases in Victoria, family violence is perpetrated by men against women.
Causes of family violence
We know a significant driver of family violence in our communities is gender inequality.
Gender inequality is the unequal distribution of power, resources and choices based on someone’s gender identity. These imbalances are reinforced by gender norms, stereotypes, attitudes and cultures that excuse violence and inequality.
Find more information on our commitment and actions to improve gender equality.
Family violence support services
Whatever your situation, if you or someone you know needs help, there is a wide range of family violence support services available.
If English is not your first language, call Triple Zero (000) and tell them your language. They will connect with an interpreter.
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty being understood verbally, the National Relay Service can assist.
The National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
A national number that can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state.
The Orange Door
A free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care, wellbeing, and development of children.
Location: 42/80 Bentinck Street, Wallan
Primary Care Connect
Case Management services to assist victim survivors who experience current or recent intimate partner violence, working with adults who use family violence and Indigenous family Violence Support.
Nexus Primary Health
Family violence support for adults and children.
Case Management - aims to reduce the risk associated with the person who chooses to use family violence.
GV Centre Against Sexual Assault
Services for victims/survivors of sexual assault, their non-offending family members, partners and friends.
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
Victorian state-wide service providing telephone support, information, referral, safety planning and risk assessment for women and children experiencing family violence.
Centre Against Sexual Assault Crisis Line
A state-wide confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault.
A family violence service for women and children experiencing family violence.
Supports men who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties.
Victims of Crime Helpline
For adult male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.
To contact this service call 1800 819 817 between 8am and 11pm everyday, or text 0427 767 891. For more information visit Victims of Crime.
Men’s Referral Service
No to Violence works with men who use family violence, and the sector that supports them to change their abusive and violent behaviour.
Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Australian Childhood Foundation
Free counselling for children and young people affected by abuse.
Free, for children and young people whose safety is at risk.
The Bridge Youth Service
Free programs run by qualified supportive staff that can help young people improve their situation (referral required).
Call 03 5799 1298 for Seymour or 03 5799 1298 for Wallan. Alternatively, visit The Bridge Youth Service.
What’s OK at Home
A website for young people and their adult allies about family violence, why it happens, how to recognise it, and how to help others experiencing it.
Visit What's OK at Home.
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Free state-wide support and drop in service for Aboriginal children and families.
Support and protection for First Nations people who are affected by family or domestic violence, are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Telephone crisis line for Aboriginal people and families who need to have a yarn.
Free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Djirra Aboriginal Women Support Service
Telephone counselling service for Aboriginal women who are experiencing or have experienced family violence.
Elizabeth Morgan House
Refuge accommodation and specialist family violence services to Aboriginal women and their children.
Dardi Munwurro’s Brother to Brother
Telephone crisis support for Aboriginal men with family violence issues.
VAHS (Victorian Aboriginal Health Service)
First Nations free health service for Aboriginal people in crisis, children and women health services and multidisciplinary supports and referrals.
National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
Women with Disabilities Victoria
Our Right to Safety and Respect video resource and guide, developed by and for women with disabilities about violence, abuse, safety and respect.
Speak up and be safe
Communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties, to assist individuals to identify and report abuse.
Visit Speak Up and Be Safe.
Translating and Interpreting Service
Free phone service to gain access to an interpreter in your own language.
InTouch - Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Free and confidential support services for migrant and refugee women.
Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
Multilingual Library Catalogue for resources, including about family violence.
Family Safety Pack – available in 46 languages
Information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.
Family violence: what police do - multi-lingual fact sheets
Fact sheets about what Victoria Police do in response to family violence.
Visit Victoria Police.
Rainbow Door provides free advice to LGBTIQ+ people and their friends and families.
An after-hours, peer-to-peer support service run by volunteers in the LGBTIQ+ community. QLife is not a crisis support service. Peer supporters cannot provide counselling however they can provide referrals to LGBTIQ+ inclusive counselling services if needed.
Family violence counselling and support for any LGBTIQ+ person, their family or friends, who are affected by family violence.
Thorne Harbour Health
Family violence counselling and case management services to LGBTIQ+ communities and Family Violence Flexible Support Packages for those who are considering leaving or have recently left a violent relationship.
Elizabeth Morgan House
Refuge accommodation and specialist family violence services. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, non-binary, sistergirls, brotherboys, intersex and two spirit queer folk who identify as women or feel comfortable accessing a women’s service welcome.
Our Watch is an independent, not for profit organisation established to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
Visit Our Watch.
ANROWS is a national research organisation that aims to build evidence that will guide policy and practice aimed at addressing the high rates of domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children.
Safe Schools Hub
The Safe Schools Hub is a one-stop shop for information and resources on safe school strategies to assist teachers and school leaders, students, parents, specialist professionals supporting students and pre-service teachers.
Visit Safe Schools Hub.
Family violence support services downloadable poster
This page was last updated on 22 August 2022.