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Family and interpersonal violence



Family violence includes physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional abuse by a family/household member as defined in the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic), or by someone on behalf of a family/household member.

Interpersonal violence includes family and intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect by parents/caregivers, abuse of the elderly, youth violence (10 - 29 years) and violence between individuals who are unrelated or may or may not know each other.

Assistance at Monash University

Family Violence Contact Officers

Ph: 990 51599

Bronwyn Drake
Safer Community Unit

Peta Shandley
Safer Community Unit

Jane Field
Safer Community Unit

Georgia Victor-Gordon
Safer Community Unit

A Family Violence Contact Officer, nominated by the University, has expertise in family violence and privacy issues. A Family Violence Contact Officer will:

  • be available to liaise between a staff member who requests support and their supervisor or the Executive Director Monash HR
  • provide advice to a supervisor on how to best support the staff member
  • advise on the support available, including leave and flexible working arrangements (subject to approval), and provide referral to other University support services
  • assist the victim to make informed choices about their safety.

Safer Community Unit contact

The Safer Community Unit promotes early identification of victims of interpersonal violence and encourages early help-seeking behaviour by victims and perpetrators, ensuring offers of appropriate support and care are given to help protect against further victimisation.

Safer Community Unit staff will provide referral to healthcare professionals, and information on other support services and interventions available, in order to assist the victim to make an informed choice about actions to ensure their safety.

The Safer Community Unit has implemented the Respectful Community Initiatives as a primary prevention strategy against sexual and interpersonal violence.

Counselling Service

Counselling Service will provide counselling support to vulnerable individuals.

Medical and Health Service

Medical and Health Service will provide medical consultations and specialist referrals. Individual doctors specialise in women's or men's health.

Security Service

Immediate attendance to a location on campus to provide assistance, advice, support and referral.

Community Legal Services (Monash)

Legal advice to the community.

External help

Emergency Services (police, ambulance, fire)

Emergency assistance.

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

Telephone counselling, advice and support.

Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA)

24-hour crisis service for adults, children and non-offending family members, counselling, medical care and advocacy.

Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team

Victoria Police units providing a specialised response to adult victims of sexual assault and child victims of sexual and/or physical abuse.

Victoria Police Family Violence Liaison Officer

Provides a contact point for referral to police involvement.

Victoria Legal Aid

Legal Advice.

Community Legal Service

Free confidential legal advice to all members of the community.

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria Enhancing the wellbeing of Victoria's GLBTI communities.


Personal crisis counselling.

Crisis Accommodation Victoria

Emergency or crisis accommodation information.


Assist with individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their life circumstances

Kids Helpline

Online counselling service for young people aged five to 25 years.


24/7 Support Service for family violence 1800 737 732

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Support Service for family violence 9486 9866

Child Protection Crisis Line

Available 24/7

Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Support service for family violence
9413 6500 or 1800 755 988

Women's Information and Referral Exchange Inc

Support Service for family violence

Aboriginal Women's referral

Elizabeth Morgan House
9482 5744

White Ribbon

Stop violence against women

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (formerly Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service)

Service for women experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone else the person is close to.

The Look Out

Support service for family violence

'Ask Someone' app

Download free app designed to help perpetrators and victims of intimate partner violence. 24/7 professional support and information.

Mensline Australia

24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral service helping men to deal with relationship problems.

Men's Referral Service

1300 766 491

Gamblers Help

24/7 support via chat or email for any person affected by gambling.

Directline (drug and alcohol)

Drug and alcohol counselling, information, support and referral for drug users, family members and others.

University workshops
University policies and procedures
Victorian legislation

Intervention Order Application form