cohealth counsellors provide free counselling for women with present or past experiences of family violence. Family violence can come in many forms. It involves violence that might happen between family members. It is not just limited to physical abuse. Family violence can also include emotional abuse, financial abuse, social abuse or verbal abuse. It includes domestic violence, controlling relationships, sexual abuse within abusive relationships, child sexual abuse, violence from adolescents, violence towards parents, and elder abuse.

Service details

We work together with women to reduce the impact of the ongoing effects of family violence. We provide support to help them move forward in their lives by providing:

  • short to medium term individual counselling and group work
  • a safe environment to discuss experiences of abuse
  • risk assessment, safety planning and referral to crisis family violence services as needed
  • support to identify and address the ongoing effects of violence on the woman and her children
  • support to identify and work towards the woman’s own life goals

Other ways to get help

If you or anyone you know needs immediate help, there are some services you can contact.


Call 000 if life is in danger


Call 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis support or text 0477 13 11 14 (6pm-midnight AEST) to text with a crisis supporter.

Safe Steps

1800 015 188


1800 737 732

Mens Referral Service

1300 766 491

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

Give us a call

9448 5521

Fees & eligibility

Due to very high demand we are not accepting referrals for Family Violence Counselling in the Western region.

We are only accepting Family Violence Counselling referrals for people who live in the City of Yarra or for clients referred from Berry Street or Orange Door North East.

Check if you are eligible by reading ‘Who is this for’. If you are eligible, then contact cohealth to request an appointment, or request appointment an appointment using the online form.

There may be a wait time to get an appointment.

This service is free.

Available at 3 locations

Opening hours

Contact cohealth site for available days/times.

Opening hours

Contact cohealth site for available days/times
Phone: 9448 5531
Facsimile: 03 7000 1845
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Opening hours

Contact cohealth site for available days/times
Phone: 9448 5528
Facsimile: 9411 4300
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For GP’s and health professionals

GP’s and health professionals can refer a client using our online referral form.

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About us

cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, inner-north and inner-west, and the east coast of Tasmania.

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