Domestic Violence: Information for women and their families in Sydney’s Inner West

This page has information about services in the Inner West that will help you find someone to talk to about your relationship and places that will help you feel safe and more supported. If you’re wanting to find information for someone you’re worried about, we also hope you’ll find it here.

Firstly, make sure it’s safe to browse before you continue.

If you think you are in danger or are very afraid, call the police on 000.

What is domestic and family violence?

Everyone has the right to feel safe, healthy and happy in their relationships. Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship uses behaviour that is violent, threatening or controlling. This can make you feel afraid but you don’t deserve to feel this way and it’s important to know it’s never your fault.

Domestic violence can come from your partner, ex-partner, a relative or child. There are many different ways domestic violence can happen and all are serious.

The result of domestic violence can be feeling a range of emotions like you have no control, or you feel unsafe, anxious, worried or isolated, confused about what is real and what’s not real, ‘on edge’ all the time, humiliated, pressured, or feel low self esteem.

For more information about what domestic violence could look like, go to:

‘Charmed and Dangerous’, a booklet about healthy relationships

Our Watch

Penda App

Talking to the police

Domestic violence is against the law and there are lots of different ways the police can help keep you safe. One main way is through an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO), which is an order made by a court. An ADVO can stop a person going near you, calling you or sending you messages. You can also get an ADVO if you still live with a person, and it will say things like they cannot hurt you, yell at you or take your money. If you have children, the ADVO can include them too.

How to speak to the police if it is not an emergency:

Ask to speak with the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO) at your local police station. These are people who are specially trained to deal with domestic and family violence. DVLOs can give you information about safety and your legal rights. They can also help you make decisions about getting an ADVO or going to court.

Local police stations:
Leichhardt: 9552 8099
Newtown: 9550 8100
Marrickville: 9568 9299
Campsie: 9784 9399

If you don’t know your local police station or you don’t live in these areas,
call the Police Information Line on 131 444.

State-wide phone numbers

NSW Domestic Violence Line: 24/7 telephone counselling and referrals
1800 65 64 63

Link2home: 24/7 information and referrals for people who are homeless, or worried about becoming homeless – 1800 152 152

Technology safety

Smart Safe
Women’s Online Safety and Privacy Toolkit

Services local to Sydney’s Inner West

Most of these services can arrange an interpreter. If you want an interpreter, just ask when you call them.

Legal help

Marrickville Legal Centre
Free legal advice, advocacy and casework
Phone 9559 2899

Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Scheme
Support, advocacy in court and referrals
Phone 9287 7505

Women’s Legal Services
Free legal advice, casework and advocacy
Phone 8745 6999 or 1800 810 784

Legal Aid
Free legal information, advice and representation for criminal, civil and family law
Phone 9219 6300

Health care and counselling

Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre
Free or low-cost health care, legal advice, counselling and groups
Phone 9560 3011

Victim’s Services
Counselling, financial help and information about victim’s rights
Phone 1800 633 063

RPA Sexual Assault Service
Free health care, counselling and support after sexual assault
9515 9040 or after hours 9515 6111

Relationships Australia
Counselling and group programs
Phone 1300 364 277

Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre
Phone 9718 1955

Financial help

Income support payments, crisis payments, social workers and child support
Phone 132 850 or go to a service centre (In the Inner West, Leichhardt or Marrickville)

Crisis payments
Phone 132 850 or go to a service centre (In the Inner West, Leichhardt or Marrickville)

Start Safely
Rental subsidy for people and families escaping domestic violence
Phone 1800 422 322

Victim’s Services
Financial assistance and support
Phone 1800 633 063

Addressing Financial Abuse Guide

Family support

Anglicare (Summer Hill)
Counselling, family support, food and financial assistance
Phone 9798 1400

Catholic Care (Lewisham)
Counseling and family support
Phone 13 18 19

Metro Assist (Campsie and Ashfield)
Family support and casework, including for families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Phone 9789 3744

The Infants Home (Ashfield)
Family support, day care and early childhood education
Phone 9799 4844

Housing and homelessness

24/7 phone line for information and referrals, including to refuges
Phone 1800 152 152

Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre
Crisis accommodation, housing and case management for women and their families
Phone 9319 4088

St Vincent De Paul Refuges
Crisis accommodation and case management for women and their families
Phone 9560 2656

Youth Off the Streets
Crisis accommodation, housing, case management and financial help for young people
Phone 8217 4700

The Girls Refuge
Crisis refuge for girls and young women 13 to 17 years and casework in the community
Phone 9564 3638

Caseworkers / Social workers

Moving Forward Case Management
Case management, practical support and groups

Caseworkers, safety planning and financial help
Phone 9699 9036

Social workers who do short-term counselling, information and referral
Phone 132 850 or go to a service centre (In the Inner West, Leichhardt or Marrickville)

Hospitals – Ask for a social worker at your local hospital

Support at work

Dress for Success
Free professional clothing and job training for women
Phone 1800 773 456

Information about asking your employer for changes to your work hours

Support for Aboriginal women

Aboriginal Women’s and Children’s Crisis Service
Casework, support and accommodation for Aboriginal women and women with Aboriginal children
Phone 9558 1702

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
Legal advice and court support for Aboriginal women and their families
Phone 9569 3847 or 1800 686 587

Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Centre
Drop-in support for Aboriginal women and their families
Phone 9698 1173

Support for LGBTIQ people

Counselling, resources, family support and groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people
Phone 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060

Safe Relationships Project
Advocacy, court support, referral and information for people in same-sex relationships
Phone 9332 1966 or 1800 244 481

The Gender Centre
Support, counselling, casework and accommodation for transgender and gender diverse people
Phone 9519 7599

Click here to download the Resource Order Form

Click here to download the DV Help Pack A4 Poster

This is a project of the Leichhardt-Marrickville Domestic Violence Liaison Committee, developed by Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre thanks to the generous support of Wests Ashfield Leagues.

This information was developed for you. If you have any feedback for improvement, please call Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre on 9560 3011 or email

Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.