Domestic violence line (24 hours)1800 65 64 63 if you are in immediate danger call 000


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Domestic and Family Violence

The dynamics underlying domestic and family violence can be best described as an abuse of power, perpetrated mainly by men, in a relationship and after separating from a relationship. It amounts to a pattern of behaviour, which involves escalating levels of emotional abuse, intimidation, physical abuse and violent behaviour in order to gain or maintain control over the partner. It frequently involves various forms of sexual acts committed against the partner without their consent. 

Domestic and family violence  is also any behaviour or pattern of behaviour that unlawfully restricts the freedom, self-determination, movement or actions of the other person, with whom they have a relationship.

The most common forms of domestic and family violence involves emotional and psychological abuse and does not always include behaviour that results in physical violence.  This can result in a longer lasting impact on the victim with symptomatic related anxiety, trauma and depression.  This can often lead to other medical symptoms requiring frequent attendance to General Practitioners. 

Long term effects on victims may result in a dependence on alcohol or prescription drugs in an attempt to cope with the situation.  Recognising the underlying issue and the abuse is the start to stopping the abuse.

for more information click on the following links

Lithgow Community Projects - D&FV Support

Lithgow Women and Children's Crisis Centre is managed by Lithgow Community Projects Inc. to provide support to women and their children who were experiencing domestic violence, or who were at risk of becoming homeless due to other life crises.

How can LWCCC help?

  • Risk assessments and safety planning to stay in your home or if needed emergency and transitional housing or help to find other temporary and safe accommodation

  • Help with information about domestic violence, relationships, parenting, sexual assault, child abuse, housing, or other difficulties

  • Referrals and assistance to work with other support agencies

  • Practical support Eg: improve security in current home, secure independent accommodation, manage debts, access legal services or medical assistance, court support

  • Emotional support: our staff are here to support you and your children, we have a counsellors on staff who are aware of the trauma resulting form domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault

  • Case Management: we can assist you in making the changes needed to live your life the way you really want to.

  • Groups for children and women such as children's art and music groups, and women's craft and social groups.

  • Contact 6351 2230  or click on this link for more information.

  • NSW Safer Pathways Information and Fact Sheets

Providing support women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence who are seeking legal protection from the courts. Blue Mountains service covers Bathurst, Mudgee, Lithgow and Katoomba  phone (02) 4782 5133

Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Scheme operates at the Downing Centre, Balmain, Newtown and Waverley local courts to assist women and children victims of domestic violence to obtain effective legal protection from violence.

can occur in all sorts of relationships. However, LGBTIQ people may have unique experiences of domestic and family violence, such as:

  • The use of ‘outing’ as a means of asserting power and control if the abused partner is not ‘out’ to their friends, family or colleagues.

  • The association of experiences of violence with sexuality or gender identity rather than the relationship.  People may see abuse as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.

  • The relatively small size of LGBTIQ communities, especially in smaller cities and rural areas, can make it difficult for the abused partner to seek help. They may feel embarrassed about the abuse, or their partner may have tried to turn others in the community against them.

  • An abusive partner may isolate the other from support options including contact with their community, attending venues or events or preventing them from seeing friends or family.

  • Services may not be aware of the needs of, or be prepared for working with, LGBTIQ people.

  • The lack of understanding and research about domestic and family violence and the experience of LGBTIQ people can further isolate people from support.

click on the links below for further information:

  • Gender Centre Annadale Call (02) 9569 2366 or free call 1800 069 115 during business hours or visit the Gender Centre website.

  • Another Closet: for LGBTIQ people in relationships who are or may be experiencing domestic and family violence. FREECALL: 1800 65 64 63

  • Support Groups - flyer   and    factsheet

Domestic and family violence can happen to men too. Perpetrators of violence against men include their children, wives or partners, parents, siblings and carers.

Male victims of domestic violence often feel a sense of shame about their abuse. It is important to remember  that if you are male and are a domestic violence victim there are services that can help you:

Provide support services, including free counselling and financial assistance to victims of crime. Victims have rights which are set out in the Charter of Victims Rights, which includes the right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect.

  • Victims Access Line (VAL) The VAL is the entry point to Victims Services Phone: 1800 633 063​

  • Aboriginal Contact Line (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) Phone: 1800 019 123 (freecall number)

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