Domestic Violence – Support and Advice

Domestic violence can include:

  • verbal attacks like belittling, shouting and yelling
  • physical attacks involving striking or threats to strike, holding or restraining in an unwanted way
  • behaviour that plays on your emotions
  • behaviour of an unwanted sexual nature
  • controlling access to money, food, or travel
  • behaviour that overly monitors your movements, or that involves stalking
  • being neglected where you are dependent on another person
  • damage or harm to property or a pet

Domestic violence can range from very subtle to very obvious actions. If a member of your family is using controlling, threatening, intimidating, or violent behaviour directly towards you or that causes anyone in your household to be afraid this may be domestic violence and you should seek advice and support.

A new smart phone app has been developed by the Women’s Legal Service in Queensland.  Called Re-Focus it is a free, easy-to-use and interactive App for women who have separated or are thinking of separating. It covers legal information about domestic violence, arrangements for children, financial and property matters, options for reaching a legal agreement, and safe accomodation. It also provides helpful referrals and coping tips about separation. Please think about whether it is safe for you to download and right for your situation.

The Re-Focus App is here 

Here are some more useful websites where you can seek advice and support:

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Domestic Violence Crisis Services

Department of Human Services:

Human Services

1800RESPECT (24×7)

1800RESPECT (24×7)

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

How can we help?

Alliance Family Law can assist you once you have chosen to take a legal course of action, whether this involves separation, divorce, custody arrangements for your children, or property settlements; as well as supporting you with any related criminal law or other legal matters through our network of referral companies. Whilst we are a Canberra based firm we operate in all east coast States and the ACT.

Re-Focus is a free, easy-to-use and interactive App for women who have separated or are thinking of separating. It covers legal information about domestic violence, arrangements for children, financial and property matters, options for reaching a legal agreement, and safe accomodation. It also provides helpful referrals and coping tips about separation. Please think about whether it is safe for you to download and right for your situation.


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