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Domestic and family violence support during COVID-19

You have a right to be safe. Domestic and family violence is never okay – there is no excuse. 

Who to contact for help

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

  NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63
  1800RESPECT 1800 73 77 32
  Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
  Kids Helpline 1800 55 18 00

Domestic and family violence and COVID-19 

Domestic and family violence has 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. Call 1800 65 64 63.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Interpreters and Text Telephone (TTY) are available too.

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.

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.

Other support lines

Mental health services

There is also a range of COVID-19 mental health services available to support you.

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