The resources on this page provide information about the prevention of family violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Victorians should act now to reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The situation is changing rapidly so please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website regularly for updated information.
Current measures on physical distancing:
The message people need to hear: if you can stay at home – you must stay at home.
The only five reasons you should leave home are:
To shop for food and supplies,
To exercise or for recreation,
For medical care (or to assist someone else with their care),
Or to go to work or study (if you can’t do this from home),
Visiting friends and family – if you really need to.
Some restrictions have been cautiously eased so people can look after their own and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection. From 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May Victorians are able to:
Have up to 20 family and friends at your home. For example, if you are a household of five people, you can 15 visitors.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people can happen for non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as National, State and public parks. The 20 person limit is inclusive of your household. That means for a family of five, you can be in a group with 15 people from outside your household.
Small gatherings of up to 20 people can occur at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities. The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.
And we must keep at least 1.5 metres from other people and practise good hand hygiene. If you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for coronavirus, you must stay home.
We know that during this time of added pressures and restricted freedoms the incidence of violence against women will increase. Evidence tells us that the cost of such violence is incredibly heavy with severe and long-term impacts on women’s health and wellbeing. We also know that there are particular groups of women across our communities who are likely to experience much higher rates of such violence due to multiple layers of discrimination and these include aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disabilities, LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
VicHealth is strongly committed to the prevention of violence against women through the promotion of gender equality as the evidence tells us this is the underlying driver of such violence. This work requires long term investment in all those places that we live, work, learn and play.
Along with many of our partner organisations we want to ensure that women, their supportive family and friends, the health sector and our communities more broadly have the factual information and practical support required to ensure women can receive the help they need immediately.
Victoria Police have created videos in a range of languages to encourage people, particularly from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.
Respect Victoria has created resources and messaging designed to bring Victorians into the discussion about family violence.
Please see the following links for further information and resources from our partner organisations:
For women requiring support the 1800RESPECT service will continue, with counsellors available 24/7 on phone and web chat.
If it is an emergency or if someone is in danger, please call 000 immediately.
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Family violence is never ok.
Our family violence services are operating throughout this time to keep people safe from violence and abuse.
If you are worried about your own safety, or the safety of someone else – please reach out.
For more information go to https://www.safesteps.org.au/
Family violence is never ok.
Children and young people worried about their safety can seek support from family violence services that are operating at this time.
If you are worried about your own safety, or the safety of someone else you can get more info or webchat at https://kidshelpline.com.au
There is never an excuse for family violence. If you are worried about your behaviour, help is available during this time.
For more information go to https://www.ntv.org.au/
Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available during coronavirus. For more information go to https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/a-safe-place-to-escape-family-violence-during-coronavirus/
If you’re escaping harm from family violence you are able to leave your home – support is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email [email protected] for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Downloadable reports and assets that promote respectful relationships and positive mental health and wellbeing strategies.
For more information, please contact Brianna Myors on [email protected] or 9259 4200
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