Where to Get Help

Family violence and sexual assault can leave women feeling very alone. Ongoing abuse often breaks down the family and social support networks most people rely on. Sometimes there is added risk, like when you inform a partner the relationship is ended or, a partner discovers your plans to leave.
But help is available.

Jewish Taskforce Support Line

JTAFV provides this confidential and anonymous phone information and referral service. Staffed by trained volunteers, the support line is open Mon – Thu between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Phone 9523 2100.

Community Support

Various organisations provide support to individuals and families coping with abuse. Services can help you recover the personal strength and confidence you are just rediscovering. Whether you are only just becoming aware of a problem, living with family violence or leaving a relationship, help is available. Be aware community services get very busy and you may need to phone more than once. Persevere until you get through. See Links for more.

Emergency Situations

Domestic violence is not predictable. Assault and abuse flare-ups can quickly escalate to a situation outside your control. In an emergency, follow your Safety Plan and call 000.

Professional Services

The professional support you may need is as varied as the situation itself. See Links for specialist practitioners or those with professional expertise in abusive relationships. Often a woman will need to call on one or more of these services:

Medical
Consult a GP, treating doctor or healthcare professional, especially if you or a child is injured – no matter how slightly. Provide an accurate account of the incident. Healthcare professionals may also be able to help with anxiety, depression and other effects of abuse.

Legal
There are many circumstances under which legal support may be needed. Accurate, independent advice is vital.

The person being abused or children of the family may need the Court’s protection. There will be important legal arrangements to make should the relationship end, such as where children will live and financial matters. You might reconsider a Will, Power of Attorney or family company. Keep in mind that the person abusing you is rarely a reliable information source.

Financial
Any family accountant, financial planner, stockbroker etc. should be advised if you wish to make independent financial decisions. It is quite acceptable to meet with or speak to financial professionals privately. These people need to be notified immediately if a relationship ends.
If you can’t afford a financial adviser, see the Links below. Centrelink is also a good resource.

Wellbeing
Women experiencing family violence need to make calm and objective decisions. A counsellor, psychologist or even psychiatrist can help you recognise abuse, develop response strategies and take positive action to overcome your feelings about the violence or assault.

Trained Rabbis

Rabbinic education has been developed by the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence with input from international experts. Rabbis receive dedicated resource material to help them support women living with family violence and sexual assault.

JTAFV facilitates an annual professional development program for Rabbis who have completed the Family Violence training seminar. Family Violence training seminars are also held once a year.
Our list of trained Rabbis may help with spiritual guidance available locally or outside your area.

Links

Children & Youth

Community Organisations

Counselling Services

A GP referral under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan allows you to claim Medicare rebate for up to 10 allied mental health visits per calendar year. This includes sessions with appropriately qualified GPs and eligible psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.

Family Violence

Family violence campaigns

Financial Services

Government Services

Housing

Legal Services

Men’s Services

Sexual Assault

Hotlines

  • 1800Respect Phone:
    1800 737 732
  • Beyond Blue Phone:
    1300 224 636
  • Grief Line Phone:
    1300 845 745
  • Kids Helpline Phone:
    1800 551 800
  • Lifeline Phone:
    13 11 14
  • Mensline Australia Phone:
    1300 789 978
  • Women’s Domestic Violience Crisis Service
    1800 015 188
    03 9322 355

Other pages in this section

What's your role in family violence? Did you know the person sitting next to you could be a victim?
Intervention Orders