We are still here for you during the COVID-19 crisis
Australia’s essential COVID-19 restrictions and policies have a dangerous impact on the frequency and severity of family violence incidents.There are no COVID-19 restrictions that prevent you from escaping a dangerous situation – even during stage 4 lockdown and even between the 8pm – 5am curfew currently operating in Melbourne. Wherever you are, you can leave your house to escape family violence any time. You will not be fined!
The Salvation Army is committed to keeping our family and domestic violence services accessible whilst addressing the COVID-19 restrictions. We are also advocating for increased funding and support to respond to the consequences of isolation policies in violent relationships.
Please contact us if you need to. If secure and private digital communication is an issue, have a look at these tips first. https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/covid-19/advice-women-domestic-violence
If you are in Australia and you feel unsafe right now, or hear fighting, shouting or noises that sound like violence, call the police on Triple Zero (000) or contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Family and Domestic Violence
The Salvation Army provides a wide range of services around the country to support women and women with children impacted by family and domestic violence. We understand that experiencing family violence can be frightening and isolating. We offer refuge, children’s and parenting services, counselling, support, men’s programs, accommodation and advice to women and children who are experiencing, or who have experienced, family violence.
The Salvation Army is committed to providing services that are inclusive to people of all genders, ages, people living with a disability, and those from LGBTIQ+ and CALD communities.
If you are facing violence in your home, feel threatened, or are at risk in any physical or emotional way, or if you know of someone who is, we are here for you.
What is family and domestic violence?
Forms of abuse
Family and domestic violence can be:
- Physical abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological and emotional abuse
- Economic abuse, including controlling access to money
- Controlling behaviours
- Technology-related abuse (e.g.sending abusive text messages, making constant threatening phone calls, social media stalking, etc.)
Signs of abuse
Does your intimate partner or family member:
- Make you feel afraid, unsafe or fearful?
- Put you down and tell you that “it’s all your fault”?
- Constantly check up on you or keep track of your whereabouts?
- Make you feel afraid to say “no” to them?
- Stop you having any access to money or keep track of your spending?
- Touch you or make you have sex when you don’t want to?
- Stop you from accessing professional support for your physical or mental health?
- Scare or hurt you by being physically violent towards you?
- Expose your children to verbal, physical, emotional abuse or controlling behaviours?
- Stop you from seeing your family or friends?
- Blame you for their violent behaviour?
Remember, you are never responsible for another person’s violence.
No one should have to live their lives in fear. We’re here to listen, talk about your options, and help support you and your family to take the next step. Even if you are unsure if you’re experiencing violence, talking about your situation can help.
If you identify with any of these signs and you want to discuss your options further, please see our Find help now page or learn more about family and domestic violence in Australia and how The Salvation Army can help.
Emergency contact numbers
National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline (24 hours): 1800 737 732 (1800 Respect)
Lifeline: 131 114
Kids helpline: 1800 55 1800
If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself or someone else, please call 000 for emergency assistance.