1800RESPECT will continue to operate during the COVID-19 health emergency
1800RESPECT will continue to operate as per usual during the COVID-19 health emergency, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Domestic violence is about control and abuse. For those in an unsafe situation, any social isolation that may come as a result of COVID-19 could increase the risk of violence and abuse.
It’s critical during periods of social distancing that those impacted by domestic and family violence know that support is available.
When it is safe to do so, you can contact 1800RESPECT over the phone or via webchat and speak with a counsellor who can provide support, assist with safety planning and connect you with local services.
1800RESPECT counsellors are experienced in how to sensitively handle contacts from those impacted by domestic violence, who are in the same house as the person using violence.
We also encourage those impacted by domestic and family violence to download safety apps, like Daisy and Sunny. Daisy provides support to those experiencing violence or abuse and can connect them to services in their local area. Sunny provides support for women with disability who have experienced violence and abuse.
1800RESPECT’s website has a list of great safety apps that can be downloaded from the App store and Google Play store. The 1800RESPECT website also contains information about types of violence, supporting people impacted by violence and abuse, and an accessible directory of local support services.
In an emergency or if someone is in immediate danger, please call 000.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.