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Family & Domestic Violence Community Guide

 135 Byng St, Orange
 02 6393 8000
 [email protected]

Domestic Violence is a complex pattern of behaviour. It refers to violence, abuse and intimidation between family members or people that have been in an intimate relationship.

The perpetrator uses violence, fear to control, and dominate other people. Women experience domestic violence at far greater rates than men do. Domestic Violence is a violation of human rights and in Australia, domestic violence is a crime.

Domestic Violence happens in:

  • every community
  • in all cultures
  • to young and old
  • to wealthy and poor
  • in any profession or level of education

Domestic Violence can take the form of a range of behaviours, including:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Verbal abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Stalking and intimidation (including via social media)
  • Isolating a person from seeing their friends and family
  • Stopping a person from practicing their religious or cultural beliefs

There is help available

Useful phone numbers and resources:

ServiceInformationContact information
Police, Fire, Ambulance000
Domestic Violence Crisis Line24/7 information, support and referral service for people experiencing domestic and family violence.1800 65 64 63
Domestic Violence Crisis website
Housing Plus, Orange NSWCrisis accommodation and support services1800 603 300
The Orchard Orange website
Operation Courage, Orange NSWA service for women and children experiencing domestic violence in the Orange and Cabonne Council areas.1300 384 357
Operation Courage website
LifelineCrisis counselling131 114
Lifeline website
1800 RESPECT National domestic and family violence initiative1800 737 732
1800 RESPECT website
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) provides access to phone and on-site interpreting services in over 150 languages.131 450
TIS website
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy ServiceInformation, assistance and court advocacy services for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence1800 93 82 27 (1800WDVCAS)
WDVCAS Website
Elder Abuse HelplineInformation, advice and referrals for older people experiencing violence1800 628 221
Elder Abuse Helpline website
Immigrant Women's SpeakoutInformation and referral service for immigrant and refugee women02 9635 8022
Speakout website
Women's Legal Service NSWFree confidential legal information, advice and referrals for women in New South Wales1800 801 501
Women's Legal Service website
Link2home24/7 information and referral service for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness1800 152 152
Link2home website
NSW Victims ServiceSupport, counselling, financial assistance, referral and information for people experiencing violence1800 633 063 and Aboriginal Line: 1800 019 123
Victims Service website
NSW Rape Crisis Centre24/7 rape and crisis telephone and online counselling service for people who have experienced, or is at risk of, sexual assault, domestic or family violence1800 424 017
Rape Crisis Centre website
National Relay Service (for Hearing impaired)If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, the National Relay Service (NRS) can help you.133 677
National Relay Service website

For information in 20 languages other than English, please visit the RESPECT website.