What is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention?

A comprehensive range of counselling and support services for people affected by domestic and family violence and those who use power and control within their families.

What is involved?

A range of individual and group support programs are offered in several regions to address and prevent family violence and the use of power and control in relationships. Our services are based on understanding that everyone has the right to feel safe and free from abuse in their home - whether that abuse involves hitting, threats, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, or any other behaviour that is controlling or coercive. The programs are designed for people experiencing family violence – we support victims in achieving an acceptable level of safety, whether that be whilst remaining in the current relationship or leaving. We also support people who use power and control to change their behaviours.  The programs offered include:

  • Counselling and support for victims
  • Men’s perpetrator behaviours change
  • Children’s domestic and family violence counselling
  • Call 1300 364 277 and we will arrange a face-to-face interview with a family violence prevention worker, or refer you to the most suitable service.
Who Is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention For?

For people who have experienced violence or abuse, or have committed violence and abuse and want to stop, and for people seeking help for children who have witnessed violence or abuse.

The Benefits of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention
  • Assistance in better understanding the situation, and how to take the first steps towards change.
  • A safe place to explore options without judgement and/or pressure to leave
  • Assistance in developing a safety plan that may result in increased levels of safety in both the short and long term
  • Capacity to work within a group toward learning new behaviours, reflecting on the inappropriate use of power and control and developing new methods in which to have respectful and non-violent relationships.

Our first priority is to always make sure everybody in the family is safe, in particular, those previously or currently subjected to violence.  Our worker will talk about our one on one counselling service as well as groups we have available both for people who have been abused, and for people who are behaving abusively and want to change.

For FAQs about Domestic and Family Violence, and information about the ‘abuse cycle’, please see the My Partner FAQs page.

Domestic and Family Violence FAQs