Domestic and family violence
On this page:
- Referral services
- Urgent or after hours support
- Referral services for people of diverse backgrounds
- More information
Brisbane South PHN has rolled out the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Local Link across the Brisbane south region to support general practices to respond to domestic and family violence.
The DFV Local Link service, a one-point-of-referral service for patients affected by DFV. The DFV Local Link is a specialist DFV worker who provides advice and support to enable general practice staff to better recognise the signs of domestic violence and respond supportively to disclosures. The DFV Local Link connects patients to appropriate supports and services that can open a pathway to safety, and connects general practice staff to support for debriefing and compassion fatigue.
DFV Local Link Coordinators can also support practices to implement organisational level measures to help your staff to safely and effectively support patients affected by domestic and family violence.
DFV Local Link is now available to all general practices in the Brisbane south region (Redlands, Logan, Beaudesert/Jimboomba,Brisbane South areas).
Redlands and Logan
Referrals to Local Link services can be made through The Centre for Women & Co. on Medical Objects, or via the specific referral links provided below.
Redlands DFV Local Link Coordinator
Logan DFV Local Link Coordinator
Referrals to Local Link services in Brisbane can be made through Brisbane Domestic Violence service on Medical Objects or via the contact details provided below.
Brisbane DFV Local Link Coordinator
Beaudesert and Jimboomba
Referrals to Local Link services in Beaudesert can be made through YFS on Medical Objects or via the contact details provided below.
Beaudesert DFV Local Link Coordinator
In the Gold Coast area, the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre (DVPC) provides free counselling, support, information and referral for women and their children, living in the Gold Coast and Beenleigh region, who have or are experiencing domestic and family violence.
Contact Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
Phone: 07 5532 9000
In the Ipswich and surrounding region, support for people affected by domestic and family violence is provided by the Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC). They also provide services to people in Toowoomba.
Contact Domestic Violence Action Centre
Phone: 07 3816 3000
Urgent or after-hours support
Police/Ambulance – 000
If anyone, including practice staff, is in immediate danger, call 000.
DVConnect provides free, confidential crisis support for people experiencing domestic and family violence. This service can arrange practical assistance such as transport and emergency accommodation for people who are in danger from a violent partner or family member.
1800 811 811
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
N.B. This number is not recorded on the callers’ phone bill
1800 600 636
Hours: 9 am – midnight, 7 days a week
1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service and provides confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for:
- people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
- their friends and family
- workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence.
Referral services for people of diverse backgrounds
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Murri Sisters provide culturally appropriate mobility and outreach support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their children and young people experiencing domestic and family violence.
Contact Murri Sisters
Phone: 07 3841 0133
The Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) is a non-for-profit legal service providing culturally appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities impacted by family violence and sexual assault.
Contact Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
Phone: 1800 88 77 00
The Rainbow Counselling Service is delivered by Relationships Australia Queensland. Counsellors have specialised skills and knowledge in the area of LGBTI service provision, with a focus on safe and healthy relationships in all their diversity.
Contact Rainbow Counselling Service
Phone: 1300 364 277
Q Life provide LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues, including sexuality, gender and relationships. They offer telephone and webchat support.
Contact Q Life
Phone: 1800 184 527 (QLife telephone and webchat support 3:00pm to midnight).
The LGBTI Legal Service provides legal advice for people who reside in Queensland and identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community.
Contact LGBTI Legal Service
Phone: 07 3124 7160
Culturally and linguistically diverse
99 Steps provide case management, counselling, information, referrals, and other assistance to women and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds affected by domestic and family violence.
Contact 99 Steps Access Community Services
Phone: 07 3412 8221
The Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS) provides free and confidential support for women and their children from non-English speaking backgrounds who have experienced domestic and sexual violence, including crisis support, case management and counselling.
Contact Immigrant Women’s Support Services
Phone: 07 3846 3490
Refugee and Immigration Legal Services offer free immigration advice and legal assistance to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Queensland.
Contact Refugee and Immigration Legal Services (RAILS)
Phone: 07 3846 9300
People living with disability
WWILD is a Queensland based organisation who support people with intellectual or learning disabilities who have experienced sexual abuse or have been victims of crime by providing free counselling, case management support and therapeutic groups.
Phone: 07 3262 9877
Daisy is an app developed by 1800RESPECT to connect people experiencing violence or abuse to services in their local area. It is available to download free from iTunes or Google Play.
Once installed, users can visit service websites from within the app which means these sites won’t show up in their browser history. Each listing includes information about opening times, how to get in touch and available services they offer.