The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing Tasmanians with specialist recovery-based services for children, young people and adults affected by sexual and family violence.

If you have been physically or sexually assaulted there are services to assist:

  • If it is an emergency call Tasmania Police on 000.
  • For family violence call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937.
  • For 24-hour sexual assault support call 1800 697 877.

Family Violence

Communities Tasmania’s Community-Based Family Violence program (CBFV) funds a range of specialist services to support individuals affected by family violence to establish safety, restore confidence, and achieve their personal recovery goals.

This includes free and confidential counselling and recovery programs focused on supporting people to overcome the effects of family violence and address impacts of trauma. The community-based program does not require police involvement for you to get support.

Specialist community-based services also play an important role in prevention and early intervention of family violence through information, education and training to community members and frontline service providers.

How to get support

There is a 24-hour response and referral service available for people
experiencing family violence (1800 633 937), however, always call 000 if anyone is in imminent danger.

The CBFV Program is delivered by community-based specialist services which work in various areas of the state.

You can self-refer directly with a service listed below, and other community organisations can also refer you if you ask them to.

Statewide:

Safe Choices:

Phone: 1800 806 189.

You can also send Safe Choices a text message on 0448 046 918 (South) or 0439 910 435 (North & North West).Statewide and online practical support, advice, and referral to therapeutic services. This includes online resources and printed information packs, email and phone support, one-to-one case worker support and Local Area Coordination for people with disability.

Engender Equality

Phone: (03) 6278 9090.

Free and confidential statewide counselling service for any person affected by abuse in an intimate relationship. Service can be in-person or via phone or video call, and people can attend as many sessions as they need.

Northern Tasmania

Yemaya Women’s Support Service

Phone: (03) 6334 0305 or email admin@yemaya.com.au

Free and confidential service providing medium to long-term post-crisis support for women who are or have been in an abusive/violent relationship. Includes practical and therapeutic support for people, and outreach services are available.

North West Tasmania

RAIN (Relationship Abuse of an Intimate Nature)

Phone:  1800 243 232

Social and practical support for women, men and children who have been subjected to family violence. RAIN provides a service from Anglicare offices in Devonport and Burnie, with outreach support to West Coast, Circular Head and King Island.

Southern Tasmania

Huon Domestic Violence Service

Phone: (03) 6264 2222

Free and confidential service to anyone affected by family violence in the Huon Valley and surrounding areas. Huon DV works closely with other service providers to ensure the best possible outcome for the person and families requiring support and assistance.

Sexual Violence

Communities Tasmania’s Sexual Violence Support (SVS) program works with people affected by sexual violence to establish safety, restore confidence, and achieve their personal recovery goals.

This includes free and confidential counselling and recovery programs focused on supporting people to overcome the effects of sexual violence and address impacts of trauma.

There is 24-hour support line access and forensic medical support in collaboration with the Tasmanian Health Service.

The SVS program also delivers community and professional education to improve awareness of, and responses to, sexual violence and its impacts.

You can self-refer directly with a service listed below or by calling the crisis support line on 1800 697 877 (1800 MY SUPPORT).

Other community organisations can also refer you if you ask them to.

Northern Tasmania

Laurel House

Phone: (03) 6334 2740 / 1800 697 877

North West Tasmania

Laurel House

Phone: (03) 6431 9711 / 1800 697 877

Laurel House is a not-for-profit, community-based sexual assault support service operating across the North, North-East and North-West Tasmania, also delivering outreach. Services include a 24/7 support hotline (1800 697 877), free trauma-informed counselling, training and community education.

Southern Tasmania

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

Phone: (03) 6231 0044

SASS offer trauma-informed counselling and support services to southern Tasmanian survivors of sexual violence.  SASS can support family members, carers, friends of survivors and professionals working with people affected by sexual harm. SASS also has services for anyone affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including members of the public and whistle-blowers.