Families, particularly women and children in high-stress home environments, could be at even greater risk right now. If you, or someone you know, are in danger call 000.
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Information about Coronavirus
- Australian Government – Download the official Coronavirus Australia app free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Or try the new WhatsApp feature.
- Australian Department of Health – COVID-19 fact sheets in multiple languages.
- WA Government – Coronavirus restrictions in WA – what you can and can’t do.
Need someone to talk to?
- 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – National sexual assault, domestic violence counselling service, 24 hours
- 1800 007 339 – WA Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline
- 1800 199 008 – Crisis Care Housing and homelessness
- 13 11 14 – Lifeline Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention
- 1800 55 1800 – Kids Helpline
- 1300 78 99 76 – Mensline – emotional health and relationship support for men affected by or considering using violence. Advice about dealing with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19.
Dealing with Family Violence
- Domestic violence help services in Western Australia.
- Domestic violence hotlines for men, women and children around Australia.
- WA Department of Communities Women’s Information Service – confidential free information about health, finances, legal matters, counselling or domestic violence. Search the Women’s Services Directory or freecall 9am to 4pm weekdays
1800 199 174 or email email@example.com
- Relationships Australia (WA) – Free programs for men, women, young people and children who have experienced or seen abuse in their families. The Djinda Service supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in Perth who have been affected by family violence.
- Lifeline – Download their self-help toolkit for people living with domestic violence
- Talkspace (US) – Preventing Household Conflict when You’re Stuck at Home Together
Planning for your safety
- Legal Aid WA: “When Separating” – a series of 8 videos and Family and domestic violence resources and support
- Relationships Australia: Safe from violence – a guide for women leaving or separating
- Women’s Legal Service WA
- The Lookout Victoria – FAQs and advice for Family and Domestic Violence Workers during COVID-19
- Telstra Australia – Why understanding technology is vital in tackling domestic abuse
- Australian eSafety Commissioner – Online safety checklist for people experiencing domestic abuse, their friends and family and advice for using social media safely
Advice for friends, relatives and neighbours
- Reachout – Online mental health support for young people and their parents. Lots of articles, tips and advice including including how to spot signs of an abusive relationship.
- Women’s Agenda: How to help someone experiencing violence or abuse at home during isolation
- NSW Government: How to help someone in a domestic violence situation
Caring for your mental health
- Head to Health – The Government’s new mental health portal offers information about maintaining good mental health and supporting children and loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic and in self-isolation. There is a section on domestic violence.
- The World Health Organisation – resources to help adults and children cope with stress during the outbreak.
- Queensland Health – Looking after yourself while you’re self-quarantining
- Domestic Violence resource Centre Victoria – A wealth of information including advice for survivors during coronavirus; advice for family, friends and neighbours and for women with disabilities (with translations)
- Australian Red Cross – Ways to help families stay happy and hopeful during self-isolation
- Australian Red Cross – Defuse family tension and conflict
- Australian Psychological Society – Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety
- Beyond Blue – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
Stay fit and entertained at home
- The Conversation – Great ideas to stay fit and active at home during self-isolation
- Australian Psychology Society – Maintaining your mental health during social isolation
- Whimn – We need to talk about the mental load of self-isolation
- Tech Radar – Free self-isolation education and entertainment resources
- Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has his own exercise app. The first six weeks are free.
- If you like Yoga, Down Dog is offering online yoga at home – from beginners to advanced – free until 1 May.
- Udemy – low cost education, professional and personal development courses online – from photography and cooking to IT and spreadsheets
Caring for children
- Family Court of Australia – is still operating and has issued this advice about what to do if you are having trouble complying with parenting orders during COVID-19.
- Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (UN) – Protecting children during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Emerging Minds – resources from the Australian National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.
- Help children cope with the outbreak using this brief, created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Suitable for various ages, including pre-school, 6-12 years, and 13-18 years.
- ABC – Keeping children educated and entertained – a list of resources from the ABC
- ABC – Five things you need to know about homeschooling
- NorthShoreMums – 113 Fun things to do at home with kids while self-isolating
- Save the Children – Surviving and enjoying isolation with kids
- The Conversation – 5 expert tips for working from home in a crowded house during the coronavirus pandemic
Managing your finances
- Call your bank, telcos and utility providers and ask for a financial hardship arrangement.
- ABC News – Putting mortgages on hold
- ABC – Am I eligible for Centrelink if my partner still has a job?
- Suze Orman’s Women and Money Show – Financial Empowerment Tips for Survivors of Domestic Violence. Includes free podcasts and tools (from the US).
- Money Magazine – Coronavirus: What do to if you’re having trouble making ends meet.
- Fair Work Ombudsman – Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws – your rights and responsibilities