Violent behaviour is never ok
What must it be like if your home is not a safe place, but a place of fear, abuse and violence.
At this time of COVID-19 social distancing, isolation and restrictions, being at home is not always the safest place for those in our community who are at risk of family violence.
Some people may be experiencing abuse and control from a loved one or family member.
Council is supporting the Together for Respect at Home social media campaign, championing messages of respect, gender equity and prevention of violence against women.
Stress, anxiety and frustration are all normal responses during this pandemic, however they are never an excuse for violence. All people deserve to live free from fear and family violence and #TogetherForRespectAtHome is asking us to choose kindness, compassion and respect while we get through this crisis together.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and be respected in their own home. Whatever the circumstances, there is never an excuse for violent behaviour resulting in physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse.
Support services are always available and continue to operate during COVID-19. Some even have alternative ways to make contact, such as webchat or an email back service to protect those reporting violent behaviour.
Services that can help include:
- 1800 Respect on 1800 737 732 Options for accessibility and available in several languages.
- Safe Steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support
- For a specialist LGBTIQ family violence service: W|Respect on 1800 542 847 or visit www.withrespect.org.au.
- Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) on 9259 4200 or email email@example.com. Open Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
- For support for men: Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.
- For confidential support for 5-25 year olds: Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
If you are in immediate danger call: Police on 000.
If you are concerned about someone you know, further information and advice available at: www.dvrcv.org.au