Counselling services

If you are experiencing image-based abuse, you don’t need to face what you are feeling alone. Counselling is available online, over the phone and face-to-face.

Immediate crisis support

If you, or someone you care about, is at risk of harm right now contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000) . If you are experiencing image-based abuse as part of domestic violence or an abusive relationship, staying safe is your number one priority.

If you are having thoughts about suicide or self-harm please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide call back service on 1300 659 467 .

Learn more and connect with support.

Counsellors can help you talk about what has happened, and work out a plan to help you start moving forward. Counsellors are there to listen, and not judge.

If you would like longer term support from a counsellor, it is important that you find a counsellor or psychologist that is right for you. If you feel a particular counsellor doesn’t understand what has happened or the impact on you, go to a different counsellor or service.

There are a number of support and counselling services to help you deal with the emotional effects of image-based abuse. Some are available free of charge.

Online support and counselling

Lifeline

All ages. All issues. Online chat available 7pm-4am EST daily.

beyondblue

All ages. All issues. Online chat available 3pm-12am EST daily.

eHeadspace

12-25 year olds. All issues. Online chat available 9am-1am EST daily.

Kids Helpline

5-25 year olds. All issues. Online chat available 8am-12am EST daily.

Reachout

16-25 year olds. All issues. Online resources only (no telephone/online support).

1800RESPECT

All ages. Counselling for anyone affected by sexual assault or domestic and family violence, including family members. Online chat available all day, every day.

MensLine

All ages. All issues. Online chat available all day, every day.

Q-Life

All ages. Counselling and referral for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex. Online chat available 3pm-12am, every day.

Phone support and counselling

Lifeline 13 11 14

All issues. All day, every day.

beyondblue 1300 22 4636

All ages. All issues. All day, every day.

eHeadspace 1800 650 890

12-25 year olds. All issues. 9am-1am AEST daily.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

5-25 year olds. All issues. All day, every day.

1800RESPECT 1800 737 732

All ages. Counselling for anyone affected by sexual assault or domestic and family violence, including family members. All day, every day.

MensLine 1300 78 99 78

All issues. All day, every day.

Q-Life 1800 184 527

All ages. Counselling and referral for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex. Open 3pm-12am , every day.

Non-English speakers

Most of the services listed above accept and pay for calls from the Translating and Interpreting Service . Kids Helpline asks callers to contact them and state the language they need.

Face-to-face counselling

You can ask your GP for a referral to a counsellor/psychologist if you need. You don’t have to tell the GP what happened—simply explain that you need support as you are feeling very sad/angry/worried. If you meet the criteria for a mental health treatment plan, some of your out of pocket expenses for a counsellor/psychologist may be covered by Medicare.

Local community health centres offer face-to-face counselling. To find one in your local area, search for ‘Community Health Centre’ online.

If you are a young person, you can use Headspace, which is for people aged 12 to 25, or try your university, TAFE or school.

Workplaces might offer counselling through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This service can be used for any issue and is confidential.

Non-English speakers

Most of the services listed above accept and pay for calls from the Translating and Interpreting Service . Kids Helpline asks callers to contact them and state the language they need.

International support and information

If you don’t ordinarily reside in Australia, here are some resources from other countries which may be helpful.

Go to international support

Immediate crisis support

If you, or someone you care about, is at risk of harm right now call Triple Zero (000)

Urgent psychiatric help

If you are experiencing a serious episode, tell a friend, call your GP, counsellor or psychologist. If you fear for your safety, or the safety of others, call Triple Zero (000)

If someone you love has a serious psychiatric or psychological episode, such as hallucinations or stating that they intend to harm or kill themselves, contact their GP, counsellor or psychologist. If you cannot find someone who is available, take them to the local hospital emergency department. If needed, call an ambulance.

Suicide/self-harm

If you, or somebody else is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000)

If you are having thoughts about suicide or self-harm please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 .

Are you in a violent or abusive relationship?

If image-based abuse is being used to threaten, blackmail or control you or someone else, it is important for you to seek support. If you are in an abusive or volatile relationship, or the perpetrator is potentially violent, you may want to speak to a support service such as 1800RESPECT, police or a lawyer to ensure you have a safety plan in place. You will find more options for support and counselling services above. You will find advice on contacting police below.

Contact police