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Everyone has the right to live without fear of violence or abuse.
If there is violence or you or your children have been threatened, get help from the police. Call 000 if you think you’re in danger.
Domestic and family violence services can help you work out a plan to leave the relationship safely.
You can also get help and support from domestic and family violence services:
If you’re experiencing domestic violence, you can:
Get legal advice.
Domestic violence behaviour includes when another person you’re in a relationship with:
Examples of this type of behaviour include:
You don’t have to have been physically injured to have experienced domestic violence.
How can the police help?
The police must investigate if they suspect there is domestic violence in a relationship. If they reasonably believe domestic violence has been committed they can:
About domestic violence protection orders
How to apply for a domestic violence protection order
What to do if someone has taken out a domestic violence protection order against you
Dealing with children and domestic violence orders
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You may need legal advice if:
We may give legal advice and help about domestic and family violence.
The following organisations may be able to give legal advice.
Women's Legal Service gives free legal advice to women on areas of law including domestic violence and family law.
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service provides legal and counselling services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffering from the direct and indirect effects of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Family Relationship Advice Line is a free national telephone service giving help to families affected by relationship or separation issues, including parents, grandparents, children, young people, step-parents and friends.
Community legal centres give legal advice on a range of topics. Contact them to find out if they can help with your matter.
Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private lawyer for advice or representation.
These organisations may be able to help. They don’t give legal advice.
Queensland Police Service responds to emergency situations (eg if there is violence or you or your children have been threatened). Call 000 if you're in immediate danger.
Domestic and Family Violence Court Assistance Service gives information about domestic violence and helps with applications in some courts in Queensland. Court assistance workers can also help with legal aid applications and referrals to other services.
DV Connect gives counselling, information, referral and help including refuge and shelter placement and crisis intervention to people affected by domestic violence. They also manage the Pets in crisis project arranging foster care for pets while people affected by domestic violence are in temporary accommodation.
1800 Respect If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or family violence contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
Mensline (DV Connect) is a free, confidential telephone counselling, referral and support service for men.
Immigrant Women's Support Service offers free confidential, practical and emotional support to immigrant and refugee women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their children who have experienced domestic or sexual violence.
Relationships Australia offers a range of men and family relationship services including counselling, family dispute resolution, assistance on relationship and parenting matters and education courses.
The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has a list of brokerage and emergency crisis payment arrangements available to people experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV), including additional avenues available to people with disability and their children who are impacted by DFV.
White Ribbon Australia provides a list of services that can help.
Last updated 25 January 2023