Protecting families from Family Violence

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Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and empower Australians suffering from Family Violence.

Australia has a  high rate of Family Violence compared to other OECD countries, with 1 in 3 women estimated to have been a victim of Family Violence or sexual abuse in their lifetime.

The first phase of our mission is to protect victims who are leaving, or about to leave their abusive home or partner. We provide a proven technology and support platform where we watch over families at risk from Family Violence ensuring that they are safe, and help is at hand wherever they may be.

In collaboration with our partner organisations we make sure that families have access to safe accommodation and ongoing support so they can start to rebuild their lives.

The second phase of our mission is to raise awareness of Family Violence in Australia through an ongoing positive nationwide media campaign across all Australian media channels.

Together we can make Australia one of  the best and safest place s in the world to raise a family.


Australian adults (20% of the population) reported experiencing physical and/or sexual family and domestic violence since the age of 15.


Over 1 in 4 women who had experienced physical or sexual violence in the 12 months before the survey said they had been unable to seek assistance on at least one occasion due to safety concerns.


of victims of domestic violence reported the perpetrator as male, while 25% reported the perpetrator as female.

What we do

Help@Hand is a collective of professional organisations and experts who help victims of Family violence restart their lives safely with care and love.

We protect families who are experiencing Family Violence by providing them with a personalised safety net to protect them against further abuse.

In collaboration with our partner organisations we support their transition into safe houses tailored for their family needs.

Help @Hand believes that every Australian mother, father and child has the right to a life free from Family Violence.

Our Mission is to turn Family Violence victims into hero’s and make Australia one of the best places in the world to raise a family.

Need help?

If you are suffering from Family Violence and in immediate danger then Dial 000 and ask for the police.

Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for information about services that can help you if you are experiencing or witnessing violence, or want to change your own behaviour. It is OK to ask for help.

We work with Australian Family Violence groups and other agencies to provide families at risk with personal safety measures and technologies to ensure that they are safe when exiting an abusive relationship.

Want to help?

Australia is one of the world leaders with respect to Family Violence abuse. Together we can change this and you can help by being part of the Help@Hand team.

You can help by being a sponsor, making a donation, providing mentorship and counselling, or simply by connecting someone who needs help with our team.

If you have any ideas on how to help families suffering from Family Violence abuse we would love to hear from you.


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Who are we

Help@Hand is a collective of organisations and individuals who work together to reduce Family Violence in Australia and New Zealand.

We do this by combining better awareness of Family Violence with technology solutions to protect families, allowing them to live safe and healthy lives, free from abuse.

About our Founder
Help@Hand was Founded by Sir Ray Avery, who as a young child was taken into care after being beaten and abused by his parents.

“Australia has an unacceptably high level of Family Violence ” says Ray. “There are many underlying reasons for Family Violence abuse including poverty, alcohol, gambling and drugs to name a few. But there’s one foolproof solution that keep families safe from Family Violence – and that is to separate the family from the abuser.

Someone reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to be all that I could be, and I want to give as many families in Australia as I can the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life free from violence and abuse.

Our Team

Alan Brannigan

Alan Brannigan

Head of Operations

Alan has over 20 years’ experience of bringing technology products and operational models to market. For the last 2 years, he has overseen the implementation of protective solutions for domestic abuse sufferers in Australia. Alan looks after all client management activities ensuring that our clients have optimal, personal protection while in our care.

Sir Ray Avery

Sir Ray Avery

Founder of Help@Hand

From personal experience I know that being a victim of domestic violence should not define who you are.

It is not a badge of shame.

The first step is to remove yourself from the abusive relationship and this will empower you to get on with your life and if I can help you on your journey just reach out. Help really is at Hand and we will help you to be all that you can be. Sir Ray Avery.

Nicolle Edwards

Nicolle Edwards

Founder and CEO of RizeUp Australia

At Rizeup we are committed to supporting those affected by Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). As a leading service provider, we work with front-line agencies to support women and children at the highest risk.

We provide life-changing and practical support which creates a bridge from trauma to safety by furnishing houses for victim-survivors so they can start a new life free from fear of further abuse.

Peter Mercouris

Peter Mercouris

Principal of Australian Investigation Security Management

As a child I personally experienced a volatile domestic household and this coupled with nearly 20 years of frontline Policing means I have a good understanding of Family Violence in the community. So, fifteen years ago I decided to use this knowledge for good and established AISM Australia.

Through a combination of technologies and expert advice we provide family violence survivors and their children with a safe environment so that can start a new life free from fear of abuse.

Hamza Alameddine

Hamza Alameddine

Principal at Birchgrove Legal

Birchgrove Legal works closely with many charities in the Australian not for profit sector. We are proud to offer our legal expertise to Help@Hand, allowing it to focus on the important work that it carries out for those in need in our community.

Kerryn Thrupp

Kerryn Thrupp

Founder and CEO of Woven Earth

We are proud to be part of the Help@Hand team and provide families who are exiting abusive relationships with essential support to rebuild their lives and create furnished homes for their family. We can turn victims into hero’s by simply showing that we care.

Mark Cochrane

Mark Cochrane

CEO Saatchi & Saatchi

At Saatchi & Saatchi we believe Nothing is Impossible. It’s why we want to help this important initiative.

At Saatchi we deeply believe in culturally inspired creativity. Starting with humans, how we live, what inspires us, and what we can achieve. As New Zealanders that’s why we believe in this initiative, connecting to moral values of New Zealand, helping our most vulnerable. Achieving what at times, may seem like an impossible situation.

Gavin Healy

Gavin Healy

Independent Advisor

Gavin has over 20 years of experience working in communications, social movement campaigns and social services. He provides pathways for the provision of healing programs for the perpetrators of DV, who often are the product of DV themselves. There are significant benefits for families when the perpetrators are also given the support to heal their trauma.

Rob Veal MNZM

Rob Veal MNZM

Expert Advisor

Rob is an ex police officer specialising in family violence victims safety. He advises government agencies, social service providers, healthcare professionals and community groups on a range of violence reduction issues.

He is committed to inter-agency partnerships and the development of best practices to support Domestic Violence victims.

Danielle Bergin

Danielle Bergin

Founder & CEO of Island Child Charitable Trust NZ

Island Child provides shelter, care, support and opportunities for at-risk whānau in their most desperate time of need. HelpAtHand brings a valued resource to enable improved safety to whanau, guided with aroha , respect, compassion, generosity and courage.

Robyn Roberts

Robyn Roberts

General Manager, Client Services, WAYSS

Robyn has brought a people-focused, entrepreneurial spirit to a range of executive leadership positions in the community services sector and she has also led community and private sector partnerships to deliver ground breaking initiatives in microfinance and family violence prevention. Robyn’s driving motivation is to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people and her work at WAYSS provides her with that opportunity as she leads key changes to disrupt people’s experience of homelessness and family violence.

Robyn is thrilled to help shape the Help@Hand movement by sharing her knowledge gained through the Australian experience.

Leainne Nathan

Leainne Nathan

Operations Manager at Family Success Matters

FSM offers long-term family social services for the entire whānau – catering for vulnerable and traumatised mums, dads and tamaraki. Our focus is on improving the impact of intergenerational parenting and building certainty in whānau ora.

Leainne can offer insights from 32 years of social work experience facilitating change for at-risk families in South Auckland. She has a BA in Political Studies, Master's in Social Work and Dip in Business, but most importantly, Leainne brings a Māori Worldview to the table.

Our Partners

Help@Hand is supported by an awesome team of Australian, New Zealand and International partner organisations.

We are thankful to have the generous support of a wonderful team of partner organisations ranging from local and International Family Violence support organisations, advertising ,media communication companies and technology companies.

The combined skills and talents of our partners means we can raise awareness of domestic violence in a positive way and provide proven solutions to protect and nurture families as they transition from victims to heroes.

Our Sponsors

Help@Hand is supported by a wonderful group of sponsors from the Australian and New Zealand business community. Thanks to their generosity we can help families to start new lives free from fear of abuse.

If you are interested in supporting Help@Hand then we would love to hear from you.

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Major Sponsor

The Ted Manson Foundation

Help is in our hands now.