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Domestic and family violence

Supporting someone

Immediate danger

If you or someone you know is in danger:

Dial triple zero (000)

Dial triple zero (000) for emergency services (fire/ambulance/police). Calling the police is the quickest way to get help in an emergency. To speak to NSW Police about an incident of domestic or family violence, dial triple zero (000) or ask to speak to a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO) at your local station.


Call Campus Security on 9351 3333

Notify Campus Security on 9351 3333. Campus Security are available 24 hours a day to assist with an emergency or safety threat.

When someone you know has experienced domestic and family violence

If someone you know has experienced domestic and family violence, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, they may express a range of emotional and physical symptoms. The Full Stop Australia website provides information on common impacts of sexual assault.

Responding to and supporting someone who has experienced domestic and family violence can be challenging, but chances are they have come to you because they trust you. They are the one who should determine what steps and supports are best for them.

The 1800RESPECT website has resources and advice on supporting someone.

Support for you

Supporting someone who has experienced domestic and family violence can be overwhelming and may have a significant impact on you as first responder. It’s important to also take steps to look after yourself and get the support you need.

If you’re providing support or you’re a first responder, you can:

  • contact the Safer Communities Office for help
  • call the national sexual assault, domestic family violence hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), which is a 24-hour phone line to debrief or for advice

You can also arrange an appointment with our Student Counselling Service or call the University of Sydney Mental Wellbeing Support Line after 5pm from Monday to Friday, 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, and during University close-down periods and on public holidays on 1300 474 065 (accessible within Australia) or text 0488 884 429 (for sms chat option).

Last updated: 22 November 2022

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