Domestic and Family Violence Awareness

Townsville City Council is committed to fostering a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees and creating an environment where staff who may be experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) are supported. We are standing up, speaking out and taking action to end all forms of DFV and are a proud White Ribbon Accredited Workplace.

White Ribbon Australia is a part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered based violence, striving for an Australian society where all people are safe, including in our workplaces.  The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program is internationally recognised and to date has reached more than 600,000 employees nationally.  White Ribbon Australia is a part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered based violence, striving for an Australian society where all people are safe, including in our workplaces.

The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program recognises businesses that integrate violence prevention into their business practice.  There are a number of criteria that each business is required to complete along with submissions of evidence to gain this accreditation. The program involves a commitment from Council to address issues of gendered based violence and sexual harassment, both at Council and in the wider community.

Council recognises we not only have a key role to play in supporting our employees, but also in educating and informing our community of services available.

Read the White Ribbon Accreditation media release here.

Some of our community initiatives include:Quick Exit back to our home page

Support Services

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence please reach out to one of the following support services:

* denotes 24 hour support service

Emergency Services*

If the situation is an emergency call 000


DV Connect*

24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline

1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline

A free and confidential telephone counselling, referral and support service especially set up for men.

1800 600 636


24 hour sexual assault & domestic violence counselling.

1800 737 732

NQ Domestic Violence Resource Service

Crises intervention, safety planning, court support and counselling.

4721 2888Quick Exit back to our home page

The Women’s Centre

Domestic violence counselling, case management, referral following sexual assault and family violence.

4775 7555

Flora House Women’s Shelter (Yumba Meta)*

Case management, safety planning, court support and counselling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and families.

4723 5611

Men's Referral Service

Assistance, information and counselling to help men who use family violence.

1300 766 491

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)*

24 hour co-ordinated response service, specialist detectives, support workers, forensic examiners and medical professionals.

07 4759 9743

Present to Townsville University Hospital or a Police Station

NQ Women’s Legal Service

Free legal advice.

4772 5400

Mensline Australia*

Confidential counselling, referral and support for men.

1300 789 978

Wee Care Residential Service (Althea Projects)*

Crises/Emergency Care for young children.

4772 4499

Relationships Australia

Counselling Services for individuals and families.

1300 364 277Quick Exit back to our home page

Townsville Sexual Health Services

Free sexual and reproductive health clinic.

4433 9600


Kids Helpline*

13 11 14

1800 551 800


LGBTQI+ online support.

First Nations Women’s Legal Services

Free legal advice and court representation

4721 6007

Legal Aid

Free legal advice

4758 5300

Victim Assist Qld

Information and advice for victims of crime, and financial assistance

1300 546 587

Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service

Women’s business, family support service, family wellbeing

4759 4000

Palm Island Women’s Services

Short term crisis accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence

4791 4010 or

4791 4011

Sisters Inside

Specialised programs and support, including sexual assault counselling

4772 4445Quick Exit back to our home page

Community Gro, Upper Ross Community Centre

Family wellbeing and crisis support, referrals and advocacy

4774 0144

Elder Abuse Hotline* (message service)

1300 651 192

Translating and Interpreting Services*

131 450