First you need to go to a safe place.
If you rent a house and it is not safe for you to go back, you may be able to end your lease early.
Free services can help you find a place to stay and end your lease.

Ask a lawyer to help you.

If you need somewhere safe to stay, there are women’s shelters (safe houses) in different places in the NT. You can find a list here. There are also safe houses in remote communities; You can find a list here.  

Text based resources about this topic


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Safety Planning

This booklet explains what a safety plan is and gives information to help you make one.

Domestic Violence and Tenancy

This factsheet talks about domestic violence and renting.

Northern Territory Law Handbook – Domestic and Family Violence

Northern Territory Law Handbook has a chapter on domestic and family violence.

Domestic Violence Legal Service Brochure

Domestic Violence Legal Service Brochure.

Watch videos about this topic


A lawyer can help

This video explains what a domestic violence order (DVO) is, how it can help you, and how a lawyer can help you sort things out.


Glossary: What these words mean

domestic and family violence

When one person uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to try and control another person in a domestic relationship. Domestic violence includes:

  • what someone says
  • what someone does
  • what someone threatens to do.

Domestic violence can include damaging property, controlling money, or controlling where a person goes and who they see.


The written agreement about the property that you are renting that you make with your landlord or agent. It’s signed by both of you.

A lease is also called a tenancy agreement.

safe house

A place women and children can stay to be safe from domestic violence.


A victim is the person who an offender hurt when the offender broke the law.


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