Family violence

If you are in danger call Victoria Police on 000.

Violence against women and children, and family violence covers a broad range of controlling behaviours, including of physical, sexual and/or psychological nature.

Behaviour may include verbal abuse, threats, harassment and intimidation. Controlling behaviour may include limiting access to friends, relatives and/or finances.

VicHealth data shows that intimate partner violence is the most common cause of death and disability for Victorian women aged 15-44 years.

57 per cent of women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Stand against violence against women and children, and family violence

Our actions include:

  • Barwon Month of Action: Campaign involving local community and health services, local government and community members. This campaign aims to raise awareness of men's violence against women and children. Commencing on the last Friday in October (Reclaim the Night) and ceases on 25 November- the international day for the elimination of violence against women. Various events are held during this month of action.
  • Family Violence workplace clause: Our Enterprise Agreement includes a clause to cover family violence against employees.
  • Strategic Plan: Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children in the G21 region 2016-2020. The City of Greater Geelong are a key partner organisation in the development of this plan. The plan covers the continuum of primary prevention, early intervention and response and has four key themes for action: Strengthening Leadership, Increasing Capacity, Communicating Key Messages and Building the Evidence Base.

Family Violence Support Services

Geelong based services as well as regional, state wide and national services for all genders who might experience family violence are also listed in our community directory.

Family violence support services in Victoria
If you are in urgent and / or immediate danger, please call the Police on 000.


Key services available in Geelong:


Statewide services:

  • Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre Freecall 1800 015 188
  • Djirra ( Advice and support for the Aboriginal Community) 1800 819817
  • ‘In Touch’ Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence 1800 755 988
  • QLife (Gay and Lesbian Switchboard) 1800 184 527
  • 1800 RESPECT-  1800 737 732 This is a national helpline for adults and children.
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria (DVRCV) 9486 9866  
  • Men’s Line Australia 1300 789 978 , 24 hours, 7 days. Support and advice on all matters.
  • Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 – for men who choose violence- access to telephone counselling, information and referral.

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 May 2020