Domestic and family violence and COVID-19
Domestic and family violence increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The safety of women and children is a priority.
Essential services, including the police and courts, are here to help you stay safe.
Crisis accommodation, counselling and other support services are also available.
If you feel unsafe, reach out.
The NSW Domestic Violence Line is always here for you. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The NSW Domestic Violence Line can:
- explain services and support available to you
- help you with your safety plan
- refer you to support services, such as counselling
- help you contact the police, courts or lawyers
- help you find a safe place to stay
- help with transport for you and your children.
Can’t talk right now? Use the 1800RESPECT online chat service instead of calling.
Need more information? Find out about other services and supports on the Department of Communities and Justice website.
Online domestic violence help and information
- Find out how to stay safe online if there is a chance someone will check which websites you visit or use technology in other ways to control or harass you.
Online and technology-facilitated abuse provides further information on technology-facilitated abuse.
You can also Report image-based abuse to the eSafety Commissioner via this link.
Housing and financial help
Police and legal services
Contact the Women’s Legal Contact Line by calling 1800 801 501
Protect your privacy
LGBTIQ support services
Support line help
- 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 – support for any person affected by domestic and family violence.
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 – support for children affected by family violence.
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78 – support for men experiencing domestic and family violence.
- Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia / NSW Rape Crisis – 1800 424 017 – counselling for people of all genders whose lives have been impacted by sexual assault.
- Victim's Services – (02) 9319 4088 provides information, referrals and programs to victims of crime in NSW.
Mental health services
- Beyond Blue – 1800 51 23 48 – support service produced by Beyond Blue to help you find information, advice and strategies to manage your mental wellbeing.
- NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511 – professional help and advice for your mental health.
There is also a range of COVID-19 mental health services available to support you.