Domestic and Family Violence Service

The St Vincent’s Domestic and Family Violence service provides free and confidential counselling to anyone who has been victimised or is at risk of victimisation from Domestic or Family Violence.

Our team of university trained Social Workers are skilled in providing domestic and family violence counselling. Including providing:

  • Trauma informed practice
  • Therapeutic counselling to address the impacts of DFV
  • Safety planning
  • Information about issues regarding DFV
  • Help linking in with other services and community supports

What is Domestic and Family Violence?

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) includes any behaviour in an intimate or family relationship, which is violent, threatening, coercive or controlling, causing a person to live in fear and to be made to do things against their will.

What types of relationships does DFV occur in?

Intimate relationships

An intimate relationship refers to people who are (or have been) in an intimate partnership whether or not the relationship involves or has involved a sexual relationship.

Family relationships

A family relationship has a broader definition and includes people who are related to one another through blood, marriage or de facto partnerships, adoption and fostering relationships, sibling and extended family relationships.

Service details:

Available by appointment
8am - 4pm
Monday - Friday

To schedule an appointment, please call 8382 1111 and ask to be put through to the Domestic and Family Violence Service.

An interpreter can be arranged for counselling appointments if required.


Level 3, The O’Brien Centre
St. Vincent’s Hospital
390 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(Cnr Burton and Victoria Streets)

Please note we are not an emergency service. In case of an emergency please call 000.


Adele Sheridan-Magro explains Domestic Violence: