Victoria Police continue to address and prevent family violence as a priority. The police response remains unchanged, identifying risks and taking appropriate action to hold perpetrators to account and keep victims safe.
1800 015 188
Statewide access point for people who need to leave a violent situation and access crisis accommodation
1800 737 732
National helpline and online chat / advice for people to speak with a trained counsellor who will listen to and support you; this includes making a safety plan if needed. Phone and webchat available.
1800 551 800
1300 368 821
10am – 5pm Mon to Fri
The helpline will continue by telephone and other technology. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, usually a family member. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological and/or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
All Magistrates’ Courts are open. Family violence matters—including Family Violence Intervention Orders—continue to be heard, with urgent and high-risk matters being prioritised. Applications for family violence intervention orders can be made via the Magistrates’ Court Victoria website if it is safe to do so. Applications can still be made in person at Court if that is the safest option.
1800 766 491
8 am - 9 pm
Continues to provide help and support for men concerned about their own behaviour or people concerned about the behaviour of the men in their lives. Live Chat is also available.
1800 105 303
Provides support to all Aboriginal women and, particularly, to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.
1800 435 799
24 hour support
Aboriginal men’s crisis support line: Family violence, parenting, communication, separation and relationship issues
1800 755 988
9am – 5pm
Offers free and confidential support services to migrant and refugee women living in Victoria who are experiencing or have experienced family violence. For services and support during COVID-19, see their online hub.
1800 542 847
9am – 5pm
Family violence and intimate partner violence service supporting LGBTIQ+ communities and their families. After hours support, referral and tele-counselling is available
03 5722 2203 (business hours); safe steps 1800 015 188 (after hours)
9am – 5pm
Towong, Wodonga, Indigo, Alpine, Wangaratta, Benalla and Mansfield local government areas
For crisis support and accommodation. Services are currently being provided by phone as all staff are working from home. Direct crisis care remains available for clients at risk of serious harm from family violence or sexual assault and for clients living in refuges and emergency accommodation.
03 5722 2203
9am – 5pm
Wangaratta, Alpine, Benalla and Mansfield local government areas
For family violence counselling and support. Available via phone with all staff working remotely from home.
02 6022 8888
9am – 5pm
Wodonga and region plus Corryong, Tallangatta, Tangambalanga, Kiewa and Mount Beauty and surrounds
For non-crisis counselling and case management for women affected by family violence. Services continue to be delivered with workers now working from home. Referrals are received via Gateway Health’s Intake workers on (02) 6022 8888 (Wodonga) or (03) 5723 2000 (Wangaratta). Secondary consults can also be accessed via these numbers. All group programs, face-to-face appointments and home visits are suspended.
02 6022 8888
9am – 5pm
For men seeking to change abusive behaviour. These non-crisis group and case management programs are operational and continue to be delivered via phone. Referrals are received via Gateway Health’s Intake workers on (02) 6022 8888 (Wodonga) or (03) 5723 2000 (Wangaratta). Secondary consults can also be accessed via these numbers. All group programs, face-to-face appointments and home visits are suspended.
1300 362 739
The program remains open and is still operational with case managers and intake workers all working from home. Clients who have experienced violent crime in Victoria and professionals can continue to refer in by calling 1300 362 739 or emailing VAPIntake@merrihealth.org.au. All non-essential client outreach has been cancelled and the VAP co-location at Benalla police station is temporarily suspended. Outreach deemed essential will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
1800 705 211
Information, advice and referral to support children, young people and families. All services are available via phone contact—the Upper Murray Family Care office is closed to the public and community due to COVID-19.
To protect against spreading coronavirus, we need people to stay at home. If it is not safe at home, talk to friends or family about staying somewhere else for a while. You may wish to check if anyone in that house is self-isolating. If this isn’t an option, call safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support and advice about finding safe accommodation.
If you can, stay connected to family and friends through social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Signal. Decide on a ‘safe word’ or signal to use with close friends or family so they know if you need help and to call the police or emergency services.
If possible, talk through a plan that might help to increase your safety and protect children. Have your friend or family member call safe steps on 1800 015 188 for help with safety planning for you and help setting up a safe word signal during the coronavirus outbreak.
Pack an emergency bag with important papers, such as passports, and clothes in case you need to leave in a hurry. You may need to leave it at a friend’s place.
Self-isolation and increased stress during COVID-19 may see an increase in family violence incidents because people will find themselves at home with an abusive partner and without access to their usual supports. There are a number of things you can do to try and keep safe. It is also important for people to keep in touch with friends or family members who may be in unsafe situations. For online advice, including an escape bag checklist and safety apps visit 1800RESPECT.