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Reporting abuse

In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance.

Domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence  is when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control the other person and to make them fearful.

Phone Triple Zero (000) if:

  • a crime is happening now
  • a life is threatened.

When there is no immediate emergency, you can report domestic and family violence to police by phoning Policelink:

  • Policelink (non-urgent police assistance), phone 131 444
  • Phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811 if you are escaping domestic and family violence and need a place of safety.

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Child abuse and neglect

Phone Triple Zero (000) if you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation.

If you have reason to suspect a child is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, contact:

  • a Regional Intake Service (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
  • the Child Safety After Hours Service Centre on 1800 177 135 or 07 3235 9999 (24 hours a day).

Child sexual abuse

If you have reason to suspect a child is experiencing, or is at risk of, sexual abuse, contact:

  • Child Safety Services on 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
  • Child Safety After Hours Service Centre on 1800 177 135 or 07 3235 9999 (24 hours a day)
  • your local police station about criminal matters related to child sexual abuse
  • ChildWise National Child Abuse Prevention Helpline on 1800 991 099.

The Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme provides survivors of child sexual assault with a non-threatening and anonymous way to officially register their experience with authorities.

Read more about child sexual abuse and how to report it.

Elder abuse

Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust that harms an older person. It can be physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse or neglect.

Call the Elder Abuse Helpline (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) for free and confidential advice for anyone experiencing elder abuse or who suspects someone they know may be experiencing elder abuse. Phone 1300 651 192 (Queensland only) or 07 3867 2525 (rest of Australia).

Legal support is available for seniors experiencing elder abuse, as well as other support services.

Sexual abuse and assault

If you’ve just been sexually assaulted or are in immediate danger:

  • get to a safe place
  • phone Triple Zero (000).

Once you are out of immediate danger, you can contact the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 for counselling and referral.

Read more about reporting sexual abuse and assault to police.

Bullying

Workplace bullying

Understand workplace harassment and how to prevent or resolve it.

School bullying

Being bullied at school is a common experience for young people. Find out what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied.

Cyber bullying

Cyberbullying is targeting someone using technology, via email, chat rooms, text messages, discussion groups, online social media, instant messaging or websites. This may include being teased or made fun of online, having unpleasant comments, pictures or videos about you sent or posted on social media or websites, or having someone use your screen name or password and pretending to be you to hurt someone else.

Find out what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied.

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Trust your instinct

Domestic and family violence takes many forms and can sometimes have fatal consequences. If you are concerned someone you know is being abused, don't let your concern become regret. Trust your instinct - call DV Connect on 1800 811 811.

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Last updated:
18 January 2017

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