Family violence is any behaviour that controls or dominates a family member and causes them to fear for their own or other family members' safety or well-being.

It can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional or economic abuse. Any situation that causes a child to hear, witness, or otherwise be exposed to the effects of those behaviours also falls into this category.

Broad family, past relationships and 'family-like' relationships are included in the law (Family Violence Protection Act 2008).

If you or someone you know has been the victim of family violence, you can report this behaviour and/or seek support from Safer Community.

Report a concern

Seeking help

If you or someone you know has been the victim of family violence you can report this behaviour and/or seek support from Safer Community. 

You can report the behaviour either anonymously or with your contact details by using the online form or you can contact Safer Community directly. VU Counselling provides free and confidential support to VU Students. 

Safer community:
Email: [email protected]
Online formReport a concern online
Phone: +61 3 9919 5707

VU Counselling appointments:
Phone: +61 3 9919 5400

Immediate assistance

If you feel unsafe or threatened on campus, call security or the police:
VU Security+61 3 9919 6666
Police: 000

Family violence support services

Seek help from a professional support service, such as: