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Family Violence Support

Peninsula Health has a vision of a community free from family violence, in which healthy and respectful relationships are the norm, and people are able to live freely without fear or threats from others.

We are committed to providing support to those impacted by family violence and abuse, which can occur across the lifespan. This page aims to provide information about the support services available.

What is family violence? 

Family violence can take many forms. It includes:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Threatening or coercive behaviour that makes another person fear for their safety
  • Controlling or dominating behaviour that makes another fear for their safety.

It also includes behaviour that causes a child to hear, witness or otherwise be exposed to the effects of family violence.

Family violence can involve a range of people in family, domestic or intimate relationships. This includes partners, parents, children, siblings, distant relatives and even carers. Younger people can use family violence against older people, too – for example, children against their parents, or elder abuse.

If you are in danger or concerned for your immediate safety (or that of someone else), contact the police on 000 for emergency assistance. Further services and programs are included lower on this webpage.

Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence at Peninsula Health

Peninsula Health is proudly taking part in the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) initiative.

The initiative is part of the government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. It relates to Recommendation 95, which requires a ‘whole-of-hospital’ model for responding to family violence in public hospitals within three to five years.

Health services are in a unique and powerful position to better identify and respond to family violence across the lifespan. Peninsula Health is committed to a future free from family violence, where our communities can live without fear. The SHRFV Project aims to build our health network’s capacity to sensitively respond to, and improve, outcomes for patients and staff who have experienced family violence.

For further information on the SHRFV Project at Peninsula Health, or for any enquiries, please contact the Social Work department on 9784 7073.

Our programs

Please click the links below to find out more about the various programs and supports offered by Peninsula Health.

Useful contact numbers and websites

  • 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
    The national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 24/7 phone and online services.

  • Safe Steps – 1800 015 188
    For confidential support and information, call the family violence response line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • The Orange Door– 1800 319 353
    (Bayside Peninsula, Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington)
    A specialist family violence service that provides secondary consultation, safety planning, intake for family services, and intake services for people who use and experience violence.

  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) – 03 9928 8741
    A specialist sexual assault and family violence service. Provides 24/7 sexual assault crisis response and therapeutic counselling following sexual assault and/or family violence, to victim/survivors and other affected family members.

  • Peninsula Community Legal Centre – 1800 064 784
    Assists people experiencing disadvantage who are facing legal issues arising out of family violence.

  • With Respect – 1800 542 847
    A service for LGBTIQ+ people and their children who experience or use family violence.  With Respect provide secondary consultation, counselling, case management and provide recovery programs.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) –  03 8796 0700 (Frankston)
    A service for Aboriginal people, providing family violence outreach services, case management, counselling and cultural strengthening programs.

  • Djirra – 1800 105 303
    A legal service for Aboriginal people who are affected by family violence.

  • Seniors Rights Victoria – 1300 368 821
    Provides information, support, advice and education in response to elder abuse.

  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence – 1800 755 988
    Provides state-wide services, programs and responses to issues of family violence in multicultural communities.

  • Men’s Referral Service– 1300 766 491
    Provides information and support options for men who are concerned about their use of abusive behaviour towards family members.

  • MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978
    A telephone counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns, including an online counselling service.