Lifeline Northern Beaches has received grant funding from Northern Beaches Council to provide a dedicated specialist service of trauma-informed counselling at no cost to individuals impacted by family and domestic violence.
Domestic and family violence is widespread. Approximately one-in-four women and one-in-six men have experienced emotional abuse by an intimate partner while one-in-six women and one-in-16 men have experienced physical and/or sexual violence (source: ABS, 2016).
Family and domestic violence includes violent behaviour that is repeated, controlling, threatening and coercive that occurs between people who have had, or are having, an intimate relationship. This includes physical assaults and a range of tactics including intimidation, direct or indirect threats, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, property damage, and social isolation.
Trauma is a normal emotional and physical response to violence and abuse. Traumatic stress reactions can include anxiety, depression, disassociation, flashbacks, and difficulty forming relationships and connections. These responses can have a significantly negative impact on mental health and well-being, however accessing support services can improve outcomes. And, importantly, help is available.
We offer free and confidential counselling for anyone aged 15-years-old and over who has experienced family and domestic violence.
Call Triple Zero (000) if personal safety is an issue.