Family and domestic violence

Family and domestic violence (FDV) and gender-based violence

Family and domestic violence (FDV) is a pattern of ongoing, repetitive and purposeful use of physical, emotional, social, financial and / or sexual abuse used to intimidate and instil fear. Such behaviour enables the one person to control and have power over another person in an intimate or family relationship.

It’s behaviour which results in physical, sexual and / or psychological damage, forced social isolation, economic deprivation or behaviour which causes the victim to live in fear. The term is usually used where abuse and violence take place in intimate partner relationships including same sex relationships, between siblings, from adolescents to parents or from family carers to a relative or a relative with disability.

Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person on the basis of gender, frequently as a form of family and domestic violence. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity.


Support is available at KEMH

Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) can happen to anyone, and pregnancy is considered a high-risk time for women. Every woman who attends King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) for antenatal care will be screened privately for FDV by their midwife during a clinic appointment. 

There is a dedicated and skilled team of social workers at who are available to support women who are experiencing FDV during pregnancy. Social work services are also available to mothers experiencing FDV who have a sick or premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

If you are experiencing FDV or would like to access any of the social work department services, you can let any member of your KEMH healthcare team know that you would like to speak confidentially to a social worker. 

The KEMH social work department is located on the Lower Ground Floor in B Block and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Walk in appointments are available.



Finding Help Before and After Baby Arrives booklet (PDF)


Community based women’s health services, sexual assault support services (SASS) and unplanned pregnancy counselling programs

The Women’s Health Strategy and Programs provide a range of services including health promotion, information, counselling and clinical support to prevent, promote and maintain health of women.

The funded sexual assault support services (SASS) provide a variety of crisis and ongoing counselling services for victims of sexual assault as well as, in some areas, therapeutic groups and health promotion activities. They work in partnership with other agencies and have established links with other organisations such as Aboriginal Health Services and local government departments. These services are for both men and women.


Women's Health Centres



Fremantle Women's Health Centre (external site)
Tel: (08) 9431 0500

Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre (Mirrabooka) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9345 5335

Midland Women's Health Care Place (external site)
Tel: (08) 9250 2221

South Coastal Women's Health Services (Rockingham) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9550 0900

Women's Health and Family Services (external site)
Tel: (08) 6339 5400 (Northbridge)
Tel: (08) 9300 1566 (Joondalup)

Women's Health and Wellbeing Service (Gosnells) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9490 2258

Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre (Kalgoorlie) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9021 8266

Hedland Well Women's Centre (external site)
Tel: (08) 9140 1124

Nintirri Centre (Tom Price) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9188 1224

South West Women's Health and Information Centre (Bunbury) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9791 3350


Sexual assault support services (SASS)

Acacia Support Service (South Hedland) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9160 2900

Allambee Counselling Incorporated (Mandurah) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9535 8263

Goldfields Sexual Assault Service (Kalgoorlie) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9021 4732

Waratah Support Centre (Bunbury) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9791 2884

Desert Blue Connect (Geraldton) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9964 2742

Sexual Assault Reference Centre (SARC)
Tel: (08) 6458 1828 and 1800 199 888 (free call from landlines)


Unplanned pregnancy counselling programs

Sexual Health Quarters, Perth (external site)
Tel: (08) 9227 6177

Goldfields Women’s Health Care Association Inc (Kalgoorlie) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9021 8266

Desert Blue Connect (Geraldton) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9964 2742

South West Women’s Health and Information Centre (Bunbury) (external site)
Tel: (08) 9791 3350

Last Updated: 21/06/2024