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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, family violence and domestic abuse are terms to describe behaviour that occurs in a family or close personal relationship that is violent, threatening, coercive, or controlling or causes a victim to live in fear.

Council supports the Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network, a forum for workers in domestic violence and related support services to promote community awareness and undertake projects to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic violence within the Lower North Shore.

The Network works in close collaboration with the North Shore Police Area Command of NSW Police to prevent and address domestic and family violence. Domestic and family violence is a crime.

If you are concerned about domestic violence and need further information and support, visit the Network’s website at or phone the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 (24 hours, 7 days per week).

For further information on local services view the Lower North Shore Child Family Services Flyer. Some other local services to contact offering services and support are Mary's House, Women and Children First, and The Northern Centre.

In an emergency, phone Police and/or Ambulance on 000 (Triple Zero).

Local and national calls to standard fixed line numbers and calls to standard Australian mobiles on Telstra’s public payphones are now free. Click here to find your nearest payphone.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, its negative impact on the physical, psychological , social and spiritual wellbeing of women, girls and families, and to champion social change to end gender based violence.

The campaign is marked by events commencing from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December each year.

Council supports the Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network in its activities in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Information on events being held to mark 16 Days in the Lower North Shore and Northern Sydney is available here.

Last updated Monday 3 July 2023
Last updated Monday 3 July 2023