Domestic Violence

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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit If someone is in immediate danger, call 000.

Surf Coast Shire Council is committed to preventing gender based violence against women.  To learn more about our commitment and work in this space please visit our Gender Equality page. Information on domestic violence and support services can be found below. 

Domestic violence includes:

  • Fear – the victim lives in constant fear of the abusive behaviour of their spouse or partner.
  • Verbal abuse – includes screaming, shouting and name calling.
  • Physical abuse – includes pushing, hitting, slapping or threats of physical abuse.
  • Emotional abuse – behaviour that aims to undermine a person’s self-worth and independence.
  • Social abuse – isolating the victim from family and friends.
  • Economic abuse – the victim is kept financially dependent on their spouse or partner.
  • Sexual abuse – includes a range of unwanted sexual behaviours.
  • Controlling behaviour – every aspect of the victim’s life is controlled including their personal decisions.
  • Spiritual abuse – victim’s religion, cultural beliefs and values are ridiculed and their spirituality is manipulated to keep them feeling powerless.
  • Separation violence – the victim continues to be harassed after they have left their spouse or partner.
  • Stalking and intimidation – the victim is followed and harassed and made to feel inadequate. This can include damage to personal possessions or persistent unwelcome phone calls. 

Where can I get help for myself or someone I know?

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 
Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Or are you seeking to support someone who is? The National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can help.
1800 737 732

Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line
Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria is a statewide after-hours and confidential telephone crisis counselling service for victims and survivors of past and recent sexual assault.
1800 806 292

The Orange Door
The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, and families who need extra support with the care of children.
The Orange Door

Men’s Referral Service
The Men’s Referral Service takes calls from Australian men dealing with family and domestic violence matters. If your behaviour has brought you into contact with the police or courts and you’re facing issues such as an intervention order, behaviour change, anger management, access or custody, call this service.
1800 065 973

Lifeline is a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
1300 22 4636

Child Protection Crisis Line
In Victoria, if you suspect a case of child abuse or are mandated to report abuse, you can contact Child Protection  for advice.
13 12 78

Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. We aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
1300 364 277

Support for Australian men anywhere, any time.
1300 78 99 78