Department of Premier and Cabinet

Family and community violence

The Family Violence Act 2004 defines family violence as any of the following types of conduct committed by a person, directly or indirectly, against that persons spouse or partner: assault, including sexual assault; threats, coercion, intimidation or verbal abuse; abduction; stalking; economic abuse; and, emotional abuse or intimidation.  Family violence has serious social, economic and health consequences for victims, their families and communities.  Family violence is a crime in Tasmania

It has serious social, economic and health consequences for victims, their families and communities. It is not only unlawful but in many instances can amount to serious criminal conduct.


To report or discuss family violence incidents:

Family Violence Response and Referral Line - 1800 633 937
24 hours, 7 days a week.


In all emergencies call the Police 000 line.


1800 RESPECT: National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line - 1800 737 732.


The 1800 RESPECT Line is for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

1800 RESPECT is free, confidential and available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Professionally qualified, specialist councellors will provide counselling, information, advice and referrals to relevant local services.  You can access this service by calling 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Workers and counsellors in isolated and remote areas who work with victims of physical or sexual violence can also call 1800 RESPECT to access clinical supervision, advice and debriefing services.


Tasmanian services

Family violence services
Sexual assault services
Aboriginal services
Services for men

Family violence information

What is family violence?
Practical help for victims of family violence (including emergency options, women's shelters, legal options, victims of crime and counselling services)
How to help someone experiencing family violence
Information for employers
Pathways: How women leave violent men
Family violence and children
Aboriginal family violence
Men and family violence

Safe at Home

Safe at Home is the Tasmanian Government’s response to family violence and is one of its key social policy initiatives. It involves a range of services working together to protect and support victims of family violence, including young people and children, while making offenders responsible for their behaviour.

Find out about Safe at Home, the Tasmanian Government’s response to family violence.

Useful links

Useful links to more information on family violence.

Community Development Division
Phone: 03 6232 7133
Toll-free phone: 1800 204 224
Fax: 03 6233 9421
Email: cdd@dpac.tas.gov.au

View the full contact details for the Community Development Division, including our North and North-West regional offices.

If you are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY users phone 133 677, then ask for 03 6232 7133
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 6232 7133
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS www.relayservice.com.au then ask for 03 6232 7133
Interpreter symbol If you need an interpreter:
Telephone: 13 14 50