An online message of support to those suffering family and domestic violence was launched today.
The Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan joined women with lived experience of family and domestic violence, workers involved in the sector, and well-known people to record themselves sending a message of support to those experiencing violence or control in personal relationships that:
- it is not ok
- you have a right to feel safe
- there is a whole system of people that support you and are available 24/7, so
- reach out and get the support you need.
The video was created by the Department of Communities, 'Auslan and accessibility consultant, members from the Deaf Community', the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services, Starick Refuge and Zonta House as well as Stopping Family Violence. The video also includes two young girls giving poignant statements that family and domestic violence is never ok which is very moving.
For immediate support 24/7, call the Domestic Violence Helplines:
- 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.
- 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.
- Crisis Care: information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Phone (08) 9223 1111 or free call 1800 199 008.
Information about support services is also available on the Department of Communities website.