Lifeline is a national charity that provides 24hr access to crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 13 11 14
Or visit Lifeline’s crisis support chat service
Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Phone: 1800 551 800
National information and support service for those experiencing anxiety and depression. You can access immediate support by calling 24/7, chatting online 3pm to midnight 7 days a week, emailing or joining the online community chat forums.
Phone: 1300 22 46 36
Mental health information and referral service that supports the mental health of Australians suffering from complex mental illness.
Phone: 1800 18 7263
Headspace are a nation-wide mental health service provider providing mental health support services to young people aged 12-25. Contact eHeadspace for online counselling. Visit their website to find your closest headspace centre.
The Black Dog Institute provides a 24 hour free mobile phone/computer-based programme to assist those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress.
Telephone counselling for adult survivors of childhood trauma, their friends, family and the health care professionals who support them.
Counselling services are available between 9am-5pm.
Phone: 1300 657 380
1800 RESPECT is a 24 hour phone and online counselling service to assist people who have been or who are affected by sexual assault, domestic or family violence.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 1800 737 73
Safe Steps is a state-wide Family Violence Response Centre with 24/7 service for women and children experiencing violence. They provide immediate support, information, advocacy, referral and emergency accommodation.
Phone: 1800 015 188
African Family Services (AFS) is a specialist service organisation established to serve the African-Australian community in Victoria. AFS provide community capacity building, outreach and case management support, family violence support, a career planning and professional development platform, alcohol and drug awareness training and other training packages.
Phone: (03) 9602 5046
WIRE are a state-wide free information, support and referral service for women, non-binary and gender-diverse people.
Telephone counselling is available 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Online support chat is available 11am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Phone: 1300 134 130
CASA service centres provide help to women experiencing sexual assault across Victoria. The Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours telephone service) provides 24 hour support to women in need.
Phone (Victoria): 1800 806 292
Djirra provides both telephone and face to face legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence.
Phone: 1800 105 303
Abbotsford: (03) 9244 3333
Warrnambool: (03) 5562 5755
Bairnsdale: (03) 5153 2322
Mildura: (03) 5021 3200
24/7 family support, abuse prevention and community education services.
State specific contact phone numbers for reporting abuse is available online.
Phone: 1800 688 009
A dedicated phone line for Aboriginal victims of crime who would like information on victim’s rights and how to access counselling and financial assistance.
Phone: 1800 019 123
Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse.
Phone counselling services: 1800 176 453
General enquiries: 03 9874 3922
An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people living with a disability.
Phone: 1800 880 052
Works with women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are victim/survivors of domestic violence. The service has a pool of bilingual and bi-cultural workers who provide assistance and information for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Available 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday
Phone: (03) 9413 6500
Toll Free: 1800 755 988
Seeks to promote social justice and equity for Aboriginal women and children experiencing Family Violence in the community.
Phone: 9482 5744
Provides men and women who are experiencing domestic violence in same sex relationships with support, advocacy, referral and legal information.
Phone: 1800 244 481
A free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. This service is run by Switchbord Victoria.
Operational hours are 10am – 5pm, every day.
Phone: 1800 729 367
Text: 0480 017 246
A family violence and intimate partner violence service supporting LGBTIQ+ communities and their families. WithRespect offers a service model which can respond to both the person impacted by violence and the person using violence.
Phone: 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847)
Provides information and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People (LGBTIQ) experiencing domestic and family violence.
Counselling Online is a free, national assistance service for people concerned about their drinking or drug use. The services are also available for people concerned about a family member, relative or friend.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 888 236
Information on how to quit smoking.
Available 7am – 10.30pm Mon to Fri; 9am – 5pm weekends and public holidays.
Phone: 137 848 or 131 848
24/7 information and referral service, supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs in Australia.
Phone: 1300 368 186
A free, confidential service providing information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria.
Available 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed public holidays.
Phone: 1800 696 784
Community Legal Centres (CLC) are independent, non-profit, community-based organisations that provide free and accessible legal and related services to the public, focusing on the disadvantaged and people with special needs.
CLCs provide a range of services including information, referral, legal advice, non-legal support, duty lawyer services, and casework including representation services.They can link to services who provide advice on Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO’s), family law and financial counselling. Visit the website to find a local CLC.
Phone: (02) 9264 9595
Women’s Legal Service Victoria is a state-wide community organisation providing free confidential legal advice, assistance and referral for women. Their services include legal advice telephone line, face to face advice & assistance, casework, court support, interpreter assisted appointments, outreach service and community legal education.
Phone: (03) 8622 0600 1800 133 302
Provides access to financial counsellors who are non-judgmental, qualified professionals. They provide information, support and advocacy to people in financial difficulty. Working in community organisations, their services are free, independent and confidential.
Phone: (03) 8554 6979
Women’s Housing Ltd can assist women with: rent in advance; rent in arrears; discussing housing options; and advocating on women’s behalf. In some situations Women’s Housing Limited can assist with crisis accommodation, removal costs and purchase of whitegoods.
Phone: (03) 9412 6868
Seniors Rights Victoria offers a range of services to support older Victorians experiencing abuse, including advocacy, legal services and community and service provider education. Seniors Rights Victoria is the primary, government-endorsed destination for friends, family members and older Victorians seeking information and support relating to elder abuse.
Phone: 1300 368 821
Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution. They also run the Family Relationship Advice Line, a national telephone service established to assist families affected by relationship or separation issues.
Available 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays
Phone: 1800 050 321
Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
Phone: 1300 364 277
24/7 support for young people in relationships.
Phone: 1800 MYLINE (1800 695 463)
QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Phone: 1800 184 527
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to provide interpreting services for people who do not speak English, and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.
Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Phone: 131 450
Contact the National Relay Service (NRS) if you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.