Have you, or someone you know, experienced domestic violence? There are a number of services that can specifically help men who’ve experienced domestic violence or abuse.
The following list includes a range of free or low-cost domestic and family violence support services, housing, alcohol and drug support services, mental health services, counselling, and LGBTQI+ services.
Immediate support – 24/7 phone and online counselling services
The following frontline counselling and support services are available 24/7, and are ideal if you need to speak to someone quickly.
Remember: if you are in immediate danger – please dial 000
A free telephone and online counselling service for men.
Call: 1300 789 978
Online and video chat: mensline.org.au
A national charity providing 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services via phone, online chat, and text messaging.
Call: 131 114
Online chat: lifeline.org.au
Text: 0477 131 114
A free national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
Call: 1800 737 732
Online chat: 1800respect.org.au
Mental Health Advice Line:
Mental Health Line offers professional help and advice, as well as referrals to local mental health services.
Call: 1800 011 511
More info: health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth
NSW Government victims support services
Domestic violence is a crime. The NSW Government provides support for those who’ve been affected by violent crimes with counselling and in some cases, financial support.
Department of Justice Victims Support Scheme – Counselling application
A service for anyone who has been injured by a violent crime with counselling and financial support.
Call: 1800 633 063
More info: vsconnect.force.com/vsapplications/s/claim-counselling-only
Communities & Justice Victims Services – Financial support application
Victims can apply for a recognition payment, financial support for immediate needs, security upgrades, and to cover out of pocket expenses as a result of the event, such as loss of income, medical expenses.
Call: 1800 633 063
More info: victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/
Alcohol and drug information and support
If the violence you’ve experienced is wholly or partly alcohol or drug-related, the following services may be able to help.
Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS)
24/7 information, support and referrals for those affected by alcohol and other drug use.
Call: 1800 250 015
Web chat: yourroom.health.nsw.gov.au
Family Drug Support
Family drug support provides up to date information on all aspects of alcohol and drug use relative to the families of alcohol and other drug users.
Call: 1300 368 186
A service helping families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem.
Call: 1300 252 666
More info: al-anon.org.au
A NSW-based organisation helping LGBTQ people take control of their health so they can look after themselves, partners, family and friends.
Call: (02) 9206 2000
More info: acon.org.au
Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral services for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. 3pm-midnight daily.
Call: 1800 184 527
Web chat: qlife.org.au
A Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a range of services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support.
Call: 02 8594 9555
More info: twenty10.org.au
The Gender Centre
Provides support for trans and gender expressive people at every stage of their journey as including transitional support pre, mid, and post transition.
Call: (02) 9519 7599 or (02) 9569 2366
More info: gendercentre.org.au