Get help if unsafe: message to family violence victims

People affected by domestic and family violence can seek help or leave home if they’re unsafe, even during the current lockdown, according to the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner, Heidi Yates.

“If home is not safe for you, you can leave and get help,” Ms Yates said.

“Family and crisis services across Canberra are open and ready to take your call. If you need to talk about your safety and your accommodation options, help is available.

“If you or your children have been threatened or feel afraid, help is available.

“If you’ve been sexually assaulted, help is available.

“If you need legal help, it’s available.

“If you need help today, or think you’ll need help during the 7-day lockdown, because of violence or threatening behaviour at home, contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, Victim Support ACT or one of our partner organisations listed below.

“Unfortunately, we know that perpetrators of violence can use lockdowns as an excuse to be violent, to be controlling, to threaten their partners, children or other family members.

“If this is your situation, you’re not alone. Reach out to one of our services.

“We will listen. We can provide crisis accommodation and other services and support,” Ms Yates said.

These services are open and ready to help victims of domestic or family violence:
• Domestic Violence Crisis Service 24/7 crisis line Ph 62 800 900
• Canberra Rape Crisis Centre Ph 6247 2525, 7am-11pm
• Victim Support ACT Ph 6205 2222 Mon-Fri 9–5
• Women’s Legal Centre Ph 6257 4377, Mon-Fri 9-5.
• Legal Aid ACT Helpline Ph 1300 654 314, Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4.30pm
• 1800RESPECT 24/7, if you’re affected by sexual or domestic violence.