The Challenge

Every two minutes, police are called to a family violence matter.

Every week, a woman is killed by a current or former partner.

This is Australia’s National Emergency.

- Natasha Stott Despoja. On Violence. 2019


Family Violence affects tens of thousands of children who are psychologically affected, physically harmed or even die.  In 2017-2018, 32,000 children were proven to be abused or neglected. (NAPCAN)

Alarmingly, child protection records include unborn children.



During October 2018, Australia experienced a record death toll of women when 11 women were murdered in 27 days. One in three women has experienced physical violence. Violence against women is now considered to be a serious, widespread problem.

Given most murders take place in the home and are the final brutal act ending a long history of violence, early intervention could prevent loss of life.



Support organisations that  encourage us all to work together, to build a future free from violence and abuse. For example, White Ribbon provides vital prevention work in schools, workplaces and communities.

The System

Our systems for dealing with family violence are highly stretched. The head of research at the National Centre for Child Protection, Professor Fiona Arney states: "The system we have was not set up to deal with such an epidemic. This epidemic needs to be treated as a health epidemic."

Prevention is possible

Despite the ravages and devastation of family violence it is well reported by both research and practice that PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE!


Links For Life’s primary challenge is to assist organisations that offer early intervention and prevention programs for families in the Blue Mountains with children 0-12mths.


Our secondary challenge is to support the system that is so stretched in personnel and resources.

Work as a team - Create the dream!

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Links For Life

Contact Links For Life to learn more, to volunteer or to partner with us.

Emergency Contacts

Links for Life does not provide emergency assistance or support services to people who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing domestic and family violence. If you, a child, or another person is in immediate danger, call 000

For domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit

Acknowledgement of Country

Links for Life recognises the Darug & Gundungurra traditional owners of this land upon which we live.


Links for Life pays respect to Elders past & present while recognising the strength, capacity & resilience of past & present Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in the Blue Mountains region.

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