Free help from other organisations

If you are in a forced marriage or being forced to marry, try contacting these other places for help.

These organisations can help you stay safe and access a range of support.

Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) protects people who are:

  • In a forced marriage,

  • Being forced to marry, or

  • Being taken overseas for a forced marriage.

The AFP can keep the person safe and, if needed, put in measures to stop them from being taken overseas. If a person would like assistance from the police, the AFP can carry out investigations and support people during the criminal justice process.

Reports to the AFP can be anonymous.

Australian Red Cross – Support for Trafficked People Program

The Support for Trafficked People Program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Australian Red Cross. The Support Program can help you in a range of ways depending on your needs and goals. This includes: housing, financial support, finding a job, accessing healthcare and counselling, connecting with the community, and emotional support.

To access the program, you must be referred by the Australian Federal Police, but you do not have to be part of the criminal justice process if you do not want to. Click here for more information about the Support Program.

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is an Australia-wide counselling service for people who have experienced sexual assault or domestic and family violence. It provides free and confidential counselling that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lifeline

Lifeline is an Australia-wide service that supports people who are in a crisis or thinking about suicide. It provides free and confidential counselling that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free and confidential counselling service for children and young people (aged 5 to 25 years) which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.