Defence Abuse Counselling Program
If you or another person is in immediate danger, please call 000 for the emergency services.
If you are feeling distressed and need to speak with someone urgently, please contact one of the counselling services listed in the right-hand menu.
You can also call the other Support Services listed. There are specific services available to you depending on whether you are currently serving in the Australian Defence Force or employed in the Australian Defence public service (or have previously done so).
Details of the Counselling Program
The Taskforce recognises that the process of reporting and discussing abuse can be distressing. The Defence Abuse Counselling Program is available to help address the impacts of the abuse suffered or the distress of retelling your story to the Taskforce. Significant others, including partners, children or another person close to you, may also be able to access the Program if they have been affected by the abuse you experienced.
The Defence Abuse Counselling Program is available to you once your matter has been assessed as in scope and plausible by the Taskforce, and when you have been assigned a Case Coordinator. Please inform your Case Coordinator if you are interested in pursuing this option.
A fact sheet providing further information about the Defence Abuse Counselling Program is available for download below:
If you have any queries or concerns, call the free-call Hotline on 1800 424 991 or email DARTCOORD@ag.gov.au.
End of the Counselling Program
Taskforce funded counselling will no longer be available after 30 June 2016. This means that all approved sessions must be used by this date.
The last date to be referred to counselling is 31 March, 2016. As such, if you wish to access counselling, you must let your case coordinator know prior to this date.
Your case coordinator can assist if you have any questions or concerns about what this means for you.