COVID-19 may lead to increased rates of family and domestic violence with additional risks for women and children, particularly with the introduction of necessary movement restrictions and isolation measures.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please be assured that family and domestic violence services are still operating. Some services may provide support in different ways as required under health directives.

Emergency responses and support is still available during this time.

In an emergency, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police now on 000.

24-hour helplines

If it’s not an emergency and you need support, you can call these numbers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are assisting someone who does not speak English, first call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50. They can connect you with the service of your choice and interpret for you.

  • 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: a national telephone and online counselling and referral service. Phone: 1800 737 732.
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence. Phone: (08) 9223 1199 or free call 1800 000 599.
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence (including referrals to women’s refuges). Phone: (08) 9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339. 
  • Crisis Care: information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Phone: (08) 9223 1111 or free call 1800 199 008.
  • MensLine Australia: 24/7 support for men and boys dealing with family and relationship difficulties. Support for men who are concerned that their behaviour is hurting the people they care about. Phone: 1300 78 99 78.
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre: provides a range of free services to people affected by sexual violence. Phone: (08) 6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888.

More support services, useful information and resources are also listed on our Family and Domestic Violence Services and Resources page.