The Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380

For support regarding childhood neglect, trauma maltreatment or abuse. These people have set the standard for up to date and respectful treatment and support. Lots of well researched resources here for adults with lived experience. 


Call 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732

National service for sexual assault, domestic or family violence. Note that despite the common belief that respect is the solution, Jess Hill author of  “See What you Made Me Do” cites credible evidence that this is just one of multiple factors that needs to be addressed. Her book is a must read for health professionals

Domestic and Family Violence Help

Victoria : Safe Steps offer help with how to safely exit an unsafe relationship, it can be you or someone you know. Call 1800 015 188

ACT: Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Call 02 6280 0900

NSW: NSW Domestic Violence Line. Call 1800 656 463

Northern Territory: Catherine Booth House. Call 8981 5928

South Australia: Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Services 1800 800 098

Tasmania: Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line. 1800 633 937

Mensline Australia : for Men who are experiencing abuse or concerned about their own behaviour call 1300 78 99 78

Women’s Legal Service
phone: 8622 0600

This part time organisation is run by women for women and has been around for 35 years. Legal advice for women and those who work with women, eg Family violence practitioners, financial counsellors and other support workers assisting women who have experienced violence. Workers can call a WLSV lawyer on behalf of their clients during business hours from Monday to Friday. Women can call the service directly two evenings per week.

They provide preliminary advice and referrals on family law, family violence law, child protection and victims of crime assistance. In some instances, your client’s case may be referred to our legal casework team for more in-depth assistance.

Migrants or refugees call Immigrant Women’s Health Service 02 9726 4044. If translator needed call 131 450

The Withdrawal Project

This site helps people who are working with their doctors to reduce prescribed drugs such as anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medication. Some people find these very hard to get off. The site uses information given by the drug companies to the FDA in America, to describe potential side effects from withdrawal, and it discusses ways to help reduce side effects gradually. Useful for people who are struggling with withdrawal symptoms or who want more information.

A helpful education site which offers low cost information about emotional regulation and healing trauma. After a free preview for 24 hours there is an annual subscription of $99 USD for this, with videos available from a number of world class trauma specialist speakers. Suitable for people who may be interested in the healing process and different forms of healing, or as an introduction for health practitioners who haven’t done any specialist trauma training.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Victoria)

Statewide service, based in Melbourne. Provides online information, training courses for clinicians, specialist library, newsletter, publications and pamphlets.

Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs)

Phone  1800 806 292 (Sexual Assault Crisis Line, 24-hours) Email:

Statewide service, with 15 centres  across Victoria. Most CASAs see female and male victims of sexual assault and family violence, both adults and children. All CASAs offer 24-hour response, individual counselling, group programs secondary consultation and programs for young people  with sexually abusive behaviours. However, I have had feedback from clients that the standard of the service varies considerably from excellent to poor- feedback is that the details of the trauma are sometimes gone into without adequate “scaffolding” by some clinicians- inadvertently retraumatising some people. Others have found the service brilliant.

Richard Lakeman’s site has lots of good resources and passionate and well researched arguments about how nurses are being denied MBS and similar fees since the MHNIP ended. This means the system subsidises every profession that practices psychotherapy or counselling except nurses, and refuses to recognise their post graduate psychotherapy quals. Nurses are one of the oldest regulated professions for psychotherapy. Already over 3000 people have signed a petition to Greg Hunt, which has not been replied to yet. Please sign Richard’s petition and share with friends. 

Open Place

For survivors of institutional abuse. Call 1800 779 379 Or (03) 9421 6162

Other free services for people who need support: