DVRCV supports women, men and children who have been affected by family violence.
Research shows that men are most often the perpetrators of domestic violence. However, in some cases, men are victimised/abused by their partners – either in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
For men who are using violence
If you would like help to stop using violent and controlling behaviour, or are otherwise experiencing violence, the Men's Referral Service (MRS) provides free, anonymous, and confidential telephone counselling, information, and referrals to both men and women.
You can call MRS on 1300 766 491, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm (Victoria) or visit their website for more information.
No To Violence (NTV) is the peak body for men's behavioural change programs in Victoria.
For men who have been abused
Men abused as children
Men abused in heterosexual relationships
Men who have been abused by female partners can read stories and advice from other men who have been abused.
Men abused in same sex relationships
If you are in a same-sex or genderqueer relationship and experiencing abuse, visit our page on abuse in LGBTIQ relationships.
Services that may help
1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Service
National counselling helpline, information and support 24/7
24 hour phone: 1800 737 732
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (Victoria)
Counselling, information and referrals
Mon-Thurs 6-10pm | Wed 2-10pm | Fri-Sun & public holidays 6-9pm
t: 03 9663 2939 freecall: (Vic & Tas) 1800 184 527
Family and relationship violence service for the LGBTI community
Contact intake worker Mon- Fri 9am to 5pm
t: 03 9865 6700 or 1800 134 840 (free call for country callers)
VAC also runs the ReVisioning Men’s Behaviour Change Program that offers a group-based program to same sex and same gender attracted men who use violence. Referrals into ReVisioning can also be made via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centres Against Sexual Assault
Counselling and support if you have been sexually assaulted
t: 03 9635 3610 | after hours: 03 9349 2466 | freecall: 1800 806 292
Telephone and online support, information and referral
t: 1300 789 978 (24/7)
Victims Support Agency
Guides victims through the legal process and helps manage the effects of crime through practical assistance and counselling.
t: 1800 819 817 or use the text service via 0427 767 891 (8am to 11pm, 7 days a week)