Chisholm Institute is committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace and place of study, to all staff and students. Chisholm recognises that family violence can occur in many forms and can significantly affect the lives of staff and students.

Family violence is defined in the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Victoria) and includes physical, sexual, financial, verbal, psychological or emotional abuse by a family member. We are committed to supporting those affected by family violence to remain engaged in work and study and access further specialist assistance.

Internal support is available through Student Support & Engagement

Chisholm has a dedicated Student Support & Engagement team, who offer a free and confidential service including personal counselling.

Chisholm’s Personal Counsellors are here to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to listen to you and can provide you with one-on-one guidance and support if you are experiencing family violence. Counsellors can also provide information on the options you have in the community for support or reporting.

Connect with the Counselling team Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Phone: 1300 244 746 (select option 4)

External Family Violence Support Services and resources for students

There are external Family Violence Specialist Response and Counselling Services that students may wish to contact (some of which operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

If you are in immediate danger call Victoria Police on 000.

You can also call the Police Assistance Line on 13 14 44 for information and non-urgent support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you require immediate support or assistance

Safe Steps (family violence support and advice, 24/7) 1800 015 188

1800 RESPECT (domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, 24/7) 1800 737 732

13YARN (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support, 24/7) 13 92 76

Other supports available:

Find your local The Orange Door service

The Orange Door (Frankston/Peninsula, 9AM-5PM, Mon-Fri) 1800 319 353

The Orange Door (Dandenong/Casey, 9AM-5PM, Mon-Fri) 1800 271 170

With Respect: 1800 LGBTIQ (LGBTQIA+ family violence support, 9AM – 5PM) 1800 542 847

You can contact the Student Support & Engagement team for further guidance and support by calling 1300 244 746 (option 4), from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Related policies and procedures at Chisholm

QMS117 Student Code of Conduct
QMS301 Privacy