The Morrison Government is rolling out extra measures to ensure people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence know where to get help during the coronavirus pandemic, says Member for Barker Tony Pasin.
The Help is Here campaign will include advertising across television, digital, social media, radio, magazines and newspapers as well as in shopping centres, hospitals and GP surgeries.
Mr Pasin said the campaign had two clear messages that help is here and tough times do not excuse tougher times at home.
“It’s fantastic that Australians have been heeding the Government’s call to stay at home as much as possible to control the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, for many women and children, home is not necessarily a safe place to be,” Mr Pasin said.
“It’s important that those at risk of violence know there is free and confidential help available at all hours, every day.”
The new awareness campaign to promote the two national helplines – 1800RESPECT and MensLine Australia – is part of the Morrison Government’s $150 million Domestic Violence Support Package to help support services meet demand during these unprecedented times.
The new campaign directs people to 1800RESPECT and MensLine, where they could talk directly and confidentially with trained counsellors via online chat or phone.
“The campaign also delivers the strong message that violence and abuse are never acceptable, no matter the circumstances,” Mr Pasin said.
“Tough times do not excuse tougher times at home.”
Since the Coronavirus pandemic began more than 15 per cent of contacts for MensLine Australia have been COVID-19 specific while 1800RESPECT has seen an 11 per cent increase in people accessing support when compared with the same time last year.
Further information is available at www.australia.gov.au/dvsupport