• Counselling Services

    Breaking the cycle, rebuilding your strength.

  • What is Domestic Violence Counselling?

    Domestic violence causes immeasurable and lasting harm to survivors, going beyond physical violence to include various forms of abusive behavior that seek to control or dominate through fear. While it can affect anyone, regardless of culture, sexuality, or gender identity, it is often perpetrated by male partners towards women, both current and former.


    Domestic violence counselling equips survivors with the necessary tools to manage or exit a relationship, and cope with the aftermath of an abusive relationship. This involves empowering them to make informed decisions, rebuild self-esteem, restore trust in healthy relationships, recognise warning signs of domestic violence, evaluate and respond to risks, and access community support services.


    For perpetrators of domestic violence, counselling offers a chance to learn healthy ways to express themselves and manage their emotions. By acknowledging their harmful behaviours, understanding the impact on themselves and others, recognising their capacity to change, and practicing healthy behaviour patterns, they can break the cycle of violence.


    If you are unsure whether you are experiencing domestic violence, a qualified counsellor can help you understand your situation and provide guidance on your current or past relationship.

    What are the types of domestic violence?

    Domestic violence is a form of abuse that instills fear in another person, and can take on many different forms. These forms of abuse are not mutually exclusive and can include:

    Physical Abuse: Any act of violence directed towards a person's body, children, pets, or property. This can involve punching, pushing, kicking, choking, or the use of weapons.

    Sexual Abuse: Forcing unwanted sexual acts or sex on a person. This can also include forcing a person to dress in a certain way.

    Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Behaviors that damage a person's self-esteem, such as yelling, name-calling, verbal threats, and refusing to communicate. This can also include undermining parenthood in front of children or publishing personal information or photos without a person's consent.

    What are the types of domestic violence?

    Domestic violence involves behaviour patterns that cause another person to live in fear.


    Physical Abuse

    • Any violent act towards a person’s body, children, pets, or property
    • May involve punching, pushing, kicking, choking, or the use of weapons

    Sexual Abuse

    • Forcing unwanted sex or sexual acts
    • Forcing a person to dress in ways they don’t want to

    Verbal or Emotional Abuse

    • Behaviours that harm a person’s self-esteem
    • Yelling and name-calling
    • Verbal threats
    • Refusing to talk
    • Undermining parenthood in front of children
    • Publishing information or photos against a person’s will

    Controlling Behaviour

    • Forcing a person to do or believe things against their will
    • Confiscating a person’s phone or transport
    • Controlling a person’s decisions
    • Prohibiting or forcing religious participation
    • Lying about a person
    • Isolating a person from their support system
    • Preventing someone from leaving the house


    • Intimidating through surveillance, both on and offline
    • Repeated phone calls, messages, or emails
    • Unwanted gifts
    • Unwanted attention
    • Monitoring or following

    Financial Abuse

    • Creating financial dependence
    • Confiscating a person’s money
    • Preventing someone from working
    • Making someone justify spending
    • Forcing signatures on financial documents
    • Reminding someone they are financially dependent

    What are the signs of domestic violence?

    Survivors of domestic violence may have repeated physical injuries like bruises, scratches, or burns. They might conceal their injuries or not provide logical explanations for them.

    But physical abuse is of domestic violence. Other types of domestic violence can be harder to spot, but there are signs to look out for:

    • They seem more quiet than usual or have lost confidence
    • They seem afraid
    • They blame themselves
    • They have stopped seeing friends or family
    • Their partner or family member controls their decisions, or humiliates them in front of others
    • They say their partner or family member controls their money
    • They say their partner is extremely jealous
    • They say their partner or family member forces unwanted sexual acts

    How do you know if you need domestic violence counselling?

    Domestic violence counselling can benefit survivors of violence, regardless of whether they have physical or emotional symptoms. If you're unsure whether you need domestic violence counselling, here are some signs to look for:


    Emotional Symptoms: Survivors of violence may experience emotional symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, difficulty sleeping, depression, chronic fear, or feeling responsible or deserving of the violence. They may also have flashbacks or nightmares about the abuse and strong reactions to any mention or reminder of the abuse.


    Physical Symptoms: Survivors of violence may experience physical symptoms, such as chronic tension or pain, headaches, asthma, indigestion, interrupted sleep, genital irritation, or pelvic pain. These physical symptoms can be a result of the psychological distress caused by the abuse, even if the abuse was not physical in nature.


    If you're experiencing any of these symptoms or feel that you need support to heal from the trauma of domestic violence, domestic violence counselling may be beneficial for you.

  • Supportive Domestic Violence services in Australia

    If you are experiencing domestic violence in any form, there are services to support you.

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    Services in Australia

    Services Australia is a national organisation that helps you access financial aid, local support, legal aid, and housing services.


    Help Lines:

    1800RESPECT is a free domestic violence counselling service open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

    P: 1800 737 732


    Its app Daisy, available on Google Play and the App Store, connects people to local services, including financial, legal, housing and children’s services.


    Kids Helpline is a free counselling service for people aged 5 to 25.

    P: 1800 551 800


    Lifeline is a free counselling service that helps people experiencing domestic violence.

    P: 131 114


    Family Relationship Advice assists with family issues, including separation and domestic violence.

    P: 1800 050 321


    The Elder Abuse Help Line provides free information and support. The Service Finder can help you find services in your area.

    P: 1800 353 374


    Compass provides information on elder abuse and can help you find local support services. https://www.compass.info/


    Women with Disability

    Sunny, available on Google Play and the App Store, is an app made by women with a disability for women with a disability.

    Sunny provides information on domestic violence and assists women with a disability to access support services.


    Men’s Services

    MensLine Australia provides support to both survivors and perpetrators of violence perpetrators, online and over the phone.

    P: 1300 789 978


    Men’s Referral Service is a free counselling and referral service to help men stop using violence, available online at the No to Violence website and over the phone.

    P: 1300 766 491


    Financial Aid

    Money Smart helps people regain financial control. It provides information on divorce and separation and urgent money help.

    Financial Counselling Australia offers free financial counselling to help people experiencing domestic violence.

    P: 1800 007 007


    Legal Assistance

    National Legal Aid connects you to legal assistance in your state or territory. It provides free information sessions and phone advice.