Identify and investigate incidents of family violence, provide safety and support to affected family members and prosecute persons accused of criminal offenses arising from family violence.
Phone: 000 in an emergency, other contact your local police station.
Ballarat: (03) 5336 6000
Bacchus Marsh: (03) 5366 4500
Daylesford: (03) 5348 2342
Victorian statewide 24 hour crisis support and safe accommodation (refuges) for women and their children.
Phone: Toll Free: 1800 015 188
Website: Safe Steps
National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service for people living in Australia.
Phone: 1800 737 732
Website: 1800 Respect
1800 RESPECT – SUPPORT A FRIEND OR FAMILY
Support a friend or family member experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault – a national campaign to help Australians recognise the signs of intimate partner violence and how best to support someone.
Website: 1800 Respect Support
The Orange Door
The Orange Door is a free service (State of Victoria) 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.
Website: The Orange Door
Phone: 1800 219 819
For immigrant women who are victims of family violence.
Phone: (03) 9413 6800 or 1800 755 988
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria)
Phone: (03) 9244 3333 or Toll free: 1800 105 303
Website: Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention
Elizabeth Hoffman House
Aboriginal Women’s Family Violence Service
Phone: 1800 796 112 or (03) 9482 5744, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
Victims of Crime Helpline
Offers counselling, advice and referrals to assist all victims of violence, including information on court procedures, the Victims Register and details of financial assistance.
Phone: 1800 819 817, Monday – Friday 8:30am – 11:00pm
Website: Victim of Crime Helpline
Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
A free confidential 24 hour emergency or crisis care service for victims/survivors who have recently been sexually assaulted. This includes crisis counselling support and may include access to medical care and legal processes.
Phone: 1800 806 292 (24 hours) or Ballarat: 5320 3933
Women’s Information & Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Telephone information, support and referral for women.
Toll free: 1300 134 130 or Hearing Impaired: 13 36 77, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Kids Help Line
Telephone counseling for children and young people. This service also provides support for Australians under 18 years old through email and online counseling.
Toll Free: 1800 551 800
Website: Kids Help Line
ReachOut Parents is a not for profit organisation in Australia which helps parents support their teenagers through everyday issues and tough times. There are resources for young people up to 25, parents and schools, covering a wide range of issues including domestic violence and cyber-bullying.
Website: ReachOut Parents
Seniors Rights Victoria
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
For help with elder abuse.
Phone: 1300 368 821.
Website: Seniors Rights Victoria
Women’s Legal Service Victoria
Legal phone advice line concerning family violence and family law.
Phone: (03) 9642 0877 or Toll free: 1800 133 032
Website: Women’s Legal Service Victoria
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Free 24 hour legal advice and representation to members of the Koori community.
Phone: (03) 9419 3888 or Toll free: 1800 064 865
Website: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Child Protection Crisis Line
To report concerns of child physical and/or sexual abuse
Phone: 131 278 (24 hours, toll free)
Child First, Greater Grampians
Child FIRST is a single referral point for Family Services in Ballarat and surrounding areas jointly delivered by CAFS Ballarat and partner agencies.
Phone: (03) 5337 3388 or 1300 783 341, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
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, then it’s time you gave us a call.
Phone: 1300 766 491
Website: Men’s Referral Service
Mensline Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78 – 24 hours, 7 days a week
Website: MensLine Australia
The Safe+Equal website contains a Resource Library. Safe+Equal was formed by the merger of Domestic Violence Victoria + Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. A resource for workers supporting women’s safety in Victoria, victim-survivors of family violence, family/friends wanting to support someone experiencing family violence and the Victorian community in general.