With restrictions easing in Victoria, we are no longer confined to our homes. However, it’s important to know that you can still leave your home or accommodation to escape harm or violence under any coronavirus restrictions.
The pandemic and self-isolation requirements may impact you or those you live with. There may be financial pressure, tensions or a heightened sense of uncertainty and anxiety. No matter what the external stressors, violence should not be tolerated. You are not alone. If you feel frightened or need advice, help or support, or a safe place to stay during the pandemic there are organisations that will provide assistance.
If you are at immediate risk, call the police at 000. They are available 24/7. Family violence courts are open and intervention orders are still possible at this time. If you or a friend are suffering physical or sexual harm, please seek help or offer them support.
You can access a variety of resources via the Victorian Government’s Family and Violence Crisis Response page. You can also call:
1800 Respect is a national confidential information, counselling and support service.
University of Melbourne Safer Communities Program
Phone: +61 3 9035 8675
Phone: 1800 806 292
If you are experiencing sexual harm, contact CASA or the after-hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL).
The Men’s Referral Service
Phone: 1300 766 49 (24 hours – NSW & Tas / 8am-9pm)
If you’re concerned about your own behaviour or you are causing harm to others, seek help. The Men’s Referral Service is a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. They also provide support and referrals for women and men seeking information on behalf of their male partners, friends or family members, and workers in a range of agencies seeking assistance for their clients who are men.