In recent years both Commonwealth and State governments have made family (or domestic) violence a priority policy initiative. A number of public awareness campaigns have been run to educate Australians on the need to develop respectful, caring, violence free relationships.

Statistical information, gathered over a long period of time, shows that women are more likely to be the victims of family violence, with intimate male partners most likely to be the perpetrators. However, men may also be victims of this type of violence in either a heterosexual or same sex relationship.

The traditional family structure has changed significantly in recent decades and our society now recognises a number of different family structures, including same sex relationships. The Relationships Act 2003 defines a significant relationship as "…a relationship between two adult persons (a) who have a relationship as a couple; and (b) who are not married to one another or related by family."

Violence within same sex relationships does occur, as does intimate partner violence against men in heterosexual relationships. These forms of violence often go unreported by the male victims. The information contained in this website can be used by all victims of family violence. All victims should call the Police in emergency situations, particularly if under threat, or actually experiencing physical violence.

Where to get help in Tasmania:

Services for men

Mens Line Australia
A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. Phone line open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

1300 789 978

Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia run a number of programs, including a Men and Family Services program. They also provide an online family violence site.

03 6211 4050 (Hobart)
03 6336 7000 (Launceston)
03 6421 5800 (Devonport)
1300 364 277

Lifeline 24hr
Counselling for those in crisis and immediate need of counselling.

13 11 14

Challenging Abusive Behaviours Program (Centacare)
CAB is a group program for men who have been angry, aggressive and abusive toward their partners and have acted in ways that have frightened and/or hurt their partners. CAB is for men who want to do something about their behaviour and learn more positive and respectful ways of relating.

03 6278 1660

Men and Family Relationships (Centacare)
Offered in the North and North-West, the program offers a wide range of counselling and education options for men in health and wellbeing issues for men and boys.
 03 6332 0600
03 6431 8555

Tasmanian Men's Health and Wellbeing Association Inc.
An online service for anyone interested in health and wellbeing issues for men and boys and currently includes men and women from diverse careers, cultures, backgrounds and interests.

03 6223 6900

Gay & Bisexual Support Line

1800 005 900

Good Beginnings Australia
Parenting Programs

03 6223 5810