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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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If your life is in danger, call 000. For 24hr counselling call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you ever feel that you need to talk to someone, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. They can also refer you to health services near you.

Women’s Health NSW Centres

Women's Health NSW is an association of non-government women's health and specialist centres. They can provide counselling, education and self-help and consumer advocacy services. Find a local Women’s Health NSW centre.

Local hospitals and community health centres

The Department of Health funds hospitals and health care centres around NSW. Find a local hospital or health centre.

Your local doctor

Your local doctor or GP can help you with any health issues and refer you to other services. To find a doctor near you, you can search HSNet. The HSNet Service Directory is a comprehensive directory of services in NSW across health, welfare, disability, ageing and more. You can search for a service near you using keywords and suburb/postcode.

Taking steps to heal emotionally

The effects of domestic and family violence can continue for a long time even after the end of the relationship. Attending counselling, therapy, or a support group that can help you understand what you have been through and assist you to build new and healthy relationships.

After the trauma you have been through, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. Remember that you are not alone. Support from family, friends and counsellors can help your recovery.

If you ever feel that you need to talk to someone, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. 

Emotional and physical abuse

Domestic and family violence can include emotional and physical abuse such as:

  • blaming you for all problems in the relationship 
  • constantly comparing you with others to undermine your self-esteem and self-worth 
  • withdrawing all interest and engagement (for example weeks of silence)
  • emotional blackmail and suicidal threats
  • direct assault on the body (strangulation or choking, shaking, eye injuries, biting, slapping, pushing, spitting, punching, or kicking)
  • forcing the victim to take drugs, withholding medication, food or medical care
  • sleep deprivation

For more information about domestic and family violence see What is domestic and family violence?

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