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Domestic and family violence occurs when someone who has a close personal relationship with you makes you feel afraid, powerless or unsafe. It can be physical, but can also be emotional and psychological. Anyone can experience domestic and family violence. It happens across communities, ages, cultures and genders. Women are almost three times more likely than men to have experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15 (ABS, 2017).
Domestic violence takes many forms aiming to control, intimidate, terrify or coerce another person. It includes physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, mental, and emotional abuse. Also stalking, harassment, financial abuse and manipulation, denial of freedom or choice and control of access to family and friends. Council is committed to addressing domestic and family violence in our community.
Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate between race, gender, sexuality, culture or religion. Anyone can be affected.
These confidential hotlines are available 24hrs:
- 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63)
- MensLine (1300 78 99 78)
- Lifeline (Call 12 11 14 or Text 0477 131 114)
- If you witness domestic violence, if you have concerns for the welfare or safety of a family member, friend, colleague or neighbour, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Referral Guide
In responding to issues relating to children, our Child Safety page suggests many resources offering advice and help. Please call the Kids Helpline (for ages 5-25) on 1800 55 1800 or visit their website. Alternatively, you can call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
For older people who are experiencing abuse, please call the Ageing & Disability Commission helpline (previously known as NSW Elder Abuse Helpline) on 1800 628 221 or visit their website.
For first nations people experiencing abuse, please call the Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence helpline on 1800 628 221.
Call 0404 445 940 to reach the Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Triage service which is coordinated by the Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network:
- This service operates 7 days a week, 9.30am to 8pm
- Triage service is a first point of contact to help access appropriate local support
- It is not a crisis service however every enquiry will be responded to within 24 hours.
There are a number of local services that support people experiencing domestic abuse. Please follow the links for more information.
- Community Northern Beaches - Domestic and Family Violence Service
- Women and Children First (formerly Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre)
- Northern Beaches Women's Shelter (NBWS)
- Women's Resilience Centre
- Mary's House - Women's Domestic Violence Refuge North Shore
- Relationships Australia NSW - Family Relationship Centre Dee Why
- Relationships Australia - Men's Choice & Change
- Northern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
- Taldumande Youth Sevices - for child and youth homelessness
- Burdekin Association - for child and youth homelessness
- Avalon Youth Hub
- If you are supporting someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, Insight Exchange have developed a resource, Follow My Lead to help you respond.
- Domestic violence can take many forms, Another Closet: LGBTIQ Domestic & Family Violence provides more information about healthy relationships. Twenty10 supports and provides counselling services for people across Sydney and New South Wales who identify as LGBTQIA+.
- MensLine have a tip sheet for men who are experiencing domestic abuse.
- The Northern Sydney Domestic Violence Networks, in conjunction with NSW Police, have produced Domestic Violence is a Crime to provide Police and legal information.
- Charmed and Dangerous is a resource from Legal Aid NSW for women who wish to reclaim a healthy relationship after experiencing domestic violence.
Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network
Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network is an interagency which comprises representatives from local domestic violence services, local government, police and other stakeholders. Council has a pivotal role on this network to work in partnership with key services and community groups.
We work collaboratively to raise awareness and seek to use approaches that prevent domestic and family abuse within our local area. For more information please email.