Supporting children through unexpected events:

Family and domestic violence

To develop, grow and thrive, every child needs to feel safe, nurtured and secure.

Growing up in an environment where there is family violence can have a profound impact on a child’s mental health and well-being. Other than the danger of experiencing physical harm, children raised in a family home where there is violence can have a higher risk of developmental, behavioural, emotional, social, and educational difficulties.

What help is available?

If you or someone you know if experiencing family violence, it is important to seek help.

Safety is the priority. In an emergency, call 000.

Many services offer support for people experiencing family violence, including psychological and counselling support, legal advice and emergency accommodation and support. 

It is important to learn about your options. You can seek legal advice to discuss ways you can help keep your children safe.

Take a look at the list of resources for families below for help with finding support that is appropriate for your situation.

How can G8 support you and your family

If you are in a family violence situation, please talk to your centre manager about your circumstances, so our team can be sensitive to the needs of your child and your family, support safety arrangements, and help you connect with local support services.

It is important your centre manager is aware of any family violence orders or other court orders that may be in place to ensure the safety of you and your child.

If you are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy. Read more information here and talk to your centre manager about how we can help.


Resources for families:

Find a Psychologist

1800RESPECT  - 1800 737 732

1800RESPECT is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence or abuse.

Men’s Referral Service - 1300 766 491

This service from No to Violence offers assistance, information and counselling to help men who use family violence.

MensLine - 1300 789 978

Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties. 24/7 telephone and online support an information service for Australian men.

Lifeline - 13 11 14

A national number which can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Family Relationships Advice Line – 1800 050 321

Australian Government support services 

Services Australia  

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 

Article: The Impact of Family Violence on Children

Child Wise

Raising Children Network Article: Family Violence: What to do if you’re experiencing it