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What is Family Violence?

Violence is defined as any act which makes another person feel fearful, unsafe and not in control of their own destiny. 

Family violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, verbal and financial abuse. It can occur in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. Family violence is predominantly, but not exclusively, perpetrated by men against women and children.

Berry Street offers family violence support services assisting women and their children to remain safely within their community wherever possible and maintain a life free of violence, while also addressing their emotional and practical needs and issues arising from the violence. It occurs in all ethnic & cultural groups, in all kinds of relationships & families, including heterosexual & same-sex relationships & against older people and people with a disability.

Find out more about Berry Street Family Violence support services >

Need Help?

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, the following services provide help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:


Call 000 and speak to the police if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.


Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
24-hour, national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line.


Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre: 
1800 015 188 or (03) 9322 3555

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292

Men's Referral Service: 1800 065 973

We help victims of family violence in the Northern suburbs and Western Victoria

Services are offered free of charge throughout our Northern and Western regions, and are accessible to all women and their children regardless of their financial status.

Find out more about our family violence services by region:

Northern    Western

The Family Violence Crisis in Victoria

Every month Berry Street receives over 1000 family violence referrals from Victoria Police to assist women and children.

Family violence referrals to Berry Street have more than doubled in the past 3 years.

Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have behavioural and emotional problems.

Bella's Story

At only three years old, Bella has been through so much. She has been exposed to frequent violence, and witnessed the assault of her mother Erin by her partner. Bella showed significant signs of trauma and struggled to settle, but with the help of Berry Street her mother, Erin, is beginning to understand the effects of the trauma, and is beginning to heal.


Help children like Bella

In the last year we were able to work with over 5,500 women and children affected by family violence.