As the pandemic continues and lockdowns drag on, the world hasn’t stopped turning. For many, lockdowns have exacerbated family conflict while deepening the sense of isolation. But even in lockdown, you’re allowed to leave home to escape family violence or elder abuse at any time. If you’re in immediate danger and fear for your safety, always contact the police.
If you’re not sure about what to do or where to go, contact the Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) helpline. If you don’t have the privacy to make a call from home, think about where else you could go. You might be able to call while out on a walk, from your car, or while visiting the shops. SRV can arrange to speak with you at a hospital or health centre if it’s not safe for you to speak from home.
Don’t put off seeking help – reach out where you can and talk through any issues you might be having. If you’re experiencing abuse or worried for your safety, contact SRV on 1300 368 821, Monday to Friday between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm – we’re here to help.
You can also call:
- Safe Steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 for confidential crisis support, information and accommodation
- National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 737 732 for confidential help and referral Australia-wide
- Djirra on 1800 105 303 for specialist support for Aboriginal people experiencing family violence
- InTouch on 1800 755 988 for specialist family violence services for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds
- W|Respect on 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847) for specialist LGBTIQ family violence support
For more information and resources, go to Coronavirus and elder abuse.