On 29 March 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would be contributing $150 million to support domestic violence services like 1800 Respect and Mensline. The PM noted that with the stress and isolation that comes with the COVID-19 virus, the threat of domestic and family violence can become much greater. In his statement, the PM explained that while he hopes that everyone stays safe and at home during this crisis, he understands that home is not always a safe place, and he hopes the extra funding can support at risk persons during this time.
Domestic and family violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any time. Unfortunately, during times of high stress or economic pressure, incidents of domestic and family violence become more common.
Organisations like 1800 Respect, Mensline, and the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) have extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of services and support to persons experiencing domestic violence. They are able to support victims and perpetrators 24 hours a day, through free and confidential counselling and referrals to programs or other supports.
Articles for related and links for Domestic Violence Services
To read our recent article on domestic violence safety planning during the COVID-19 crisis, click here.
To learn more about the troubling statistics on domestic and family violence in Australia, click here.
To learn some ways to support a person who you think may be the victim of Domestic or Family Violence, click here.
Author: James Tan.