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Welcome to w|respect


Most people within LGBTIQA+ communities have healthy, respectful relationships but in some circumstances, we can find ourselves questioning whether some aspects of our relationships are healthy or not, as there’s not always a fine line.

Some forms of unhealthy relationships are more obvious than others, such as experiencing physical abuse. We hope that this page provides tips and advice on helping you have and maintain healthy relationships and advice as to what to do when you think your relationship is unhealthy.

What is w|respect?

w|respect is a specialist LGBTIQA+ family violence service that was funded by the Victorian government in 2017. Its role is to both support queer (LGBTIQA+) communities and their families affected by interpersonal and family violence as well as build the capacity of services and specialist family violence system.

You can contact w|respect directly by phoning 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847) After house counselling is available on Wednesday, between 5pm and 11pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 10pm.