Family Violence

Family violence is a common issue that affects many people across their lives.


Exposure to any form of family violence can be very damaging to the health and wellbeing of adults and children.

Peter Mac has a key role as a health service in identifying and responding to family violence.  We are part of the state-wide Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence project and we say ‘No to family violence’.

Many of our staff have been trained in family violence, so if you need help, you can speak to us.

For further information on what family violence is, how it can affect children, and ways you can seek help, visit The Orange Door.

Family violence support services

Peter Mac family violence supports

  • Peter Mac’s Social Work Department – Phone (03) 8559 5267 

Urgent family violence services

If you or your children are in immediate danger, call police on 000

This is the national sexual assault, domestica and family violence counselling service.

This is a 24-hour Family Violence Response Centre. This service can provide support, information and accommodation for women, young people, and children experiencing family violence.

Children’s services

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Men’s family violence services

No to Violence – 1300 766 491

No to Violence works with men who use family violence, and the sector that supports them to change their abusive and violent behaviour.


Specialist services

The Orange Door -

Help and support for family violence and families in need of support with the wellbeing and development of children.

Djirra – 1800 105 303

Practical support to all Aboriginal women and people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.

Elizabeth Morgan House- 03 9403 9400

Specialist family violence support to Aboriginal women and their children who have experienced family violence.

InTouch – 1800 755 988

Services, programs, and responses to family violence in migrant and refugee communities.

withRespect – 1800 542 847

Support for LGBTQ+ people of all ages experiencing family violence.

Legal services

Women’s Legal Service Victoria – 1800 133 302

Support for women experiencing family violence to get legal advice.

Victoria Legal Aid – 1300 792 387

Information about the law and how legal aid can assist.