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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence line (24 hours)1800 65 64 63 if you are in immediate danger call 000

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To report suspected child abuse or neglect in NSW, call the 24 hour Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

Domestic violence and children

Violence and the threat of violence at home creates fear and can destroy families. Violence in the home also negatively affects children, even when they are not the direct victim. Children and young people don't have to see the violence to be affected by it.

Living with domestic violence can cause physical and emotional harm to children and young people. Children and young people who live with domestic violence are more likely to be aggressive, anxious, depressed, emotionally distressed and have reduced social skills.

You might be trying to work out what’s best for your child/children. You might be concerned about taking them away from their home or school, or about taking them away from their other parent. You might worry that you won’t be able to protect the children if you separate. You might also fear that your children will be removed from you. You can call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 to talk about your worries.

Domestic violence can include making threats about the custody of your children and saying that the police and courts will not help or believe you. For more information about forms of abuse see what is domestic violence?

Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

FACS supports vulnerable families and helps keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect. For help and information, see Preventing child abuse and neglect, and resources for parents, families and carers.

You can also call 132 111 to report abuse or neglect.

Family Court of Australia

The Family Court of Australia provides information about family violence and separation and divorce.

Website: www.familycourt.gov.au

Help for children

Kids Helpline provides 24 hour counselling and support for people under the age of 25. Call 1800 55 1800.

There are age specific resources

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