Domestic and family violence issues

Relationship violence has a massive impact on its victims and on society in general. More than one in three Australian women experience relationship violence in their lifetime, while about a quarter of children witness it. The impact is estimated to have a $13.6 billion annual cost. The financial, physical and mental costs for women and psychological, emotional and behavioural effects on children are incalculable.

The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance for victims of relationship violence within a framework that is always supportive of the choices women make, whether they decide to stay in the relationship or not. We aim to provide long-term support and friendship at what can be an extremely vulnerable time for women and children, helping them build new lives and move away from relationship violence if they choose to leave a violent relationship. In such cases, we can also provide short and long term accommodation to families and children experiencing or at risk of relationship violence.

Depending on your state or territory, you can access resource centres that, as well as providing crisis accommodation, can help in a range of areas, including case management, Centrelink assistance, housing, immigration issues, education and recreational activities, health, and counselling and art therapy.

Learn more about our relationship violence support services in NSW by clicking on the links below:


To get in touch with our assistance line call 13 18 12

For more information on safeguarding children, continue to our Child-Safety Page