If you don’t feel safe at home, help is here

Veterans and their families deserve to feel safe at all times and to live free of fear of violence or abuse.

Family and domestic violence can include any behaviour that is violent, threatening, coercive, controlling or intended to cause the family or a household member to be fearful. It can happen to anyone.

It is often hidden from the view or knowledge of others. Cases of family and domestic violence are known to increase during stressful times like the COVID-19 pandemic as reported by the Australian Institute of Criminology in 2020 (see: the report on their website).

Even during COVID-19-related restrictions, you can leave your home to escape violence or abuse.

Help is here.

If you are affected by family and domestic violence, or know someone who is, you can access confidential counselling, financial support and crisis accommodation through Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling.

For support:

  • Call triple zero (000) if you are in immediate danger.
  • 1800RESPECT is available 24/7 for national family violence and sexual assault counselling. It’s a free and confidential service. Call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit 1800respect.org.au.
  • MensLine is the national telephone and online support, information and referrals service for men with family and relationship concerns. Call 1300 78 99 78 or visit mensline.org.au.
  • Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides crisis support to veterans and their families. Call 1800 011 046 or visit openarms.gov.au/get-support/ crisis-accommodation. This service is free, confidential and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • More support for veterans and veteran families is available on the DVA website, including resources and the DVA Family and Domestic Violence Strategy 2020–25.