Family and Domestic Violence Support During

Research has found that there is often a spike in violence against women during major crises and disasters – which have many similar features to the current situation with the devastating spread of COVID-19.

The Commonwealth Government has committed $150 million to respond to FDV during COVID-19 crisis.

  • $20 million to increase support for national helplines (including 1800RESPECT) and national campaigns
  • States and Territories will submit requests for funding (Action Plan) for new projects for the remaining $130 million

On a national level, Our Watch will continue to advance gender equality and prevent violence against women during this crisis. The national counselling service 1800RESPECT will also continue, with counsellors available 24/7 on phone and web chat. 

The WA State Government has enacted legislative amendments to the Sentencing Act 1995, the Sentence Administration Act 2003, the Bail Act 1982 and the Restraining Orders Act 1997 to enable the justice system to better respond to the challenges facing victims of family violence during the COVID-19 crisis.  

WA's leading family violence services intend to stay open during this pandemic and victims should still reach out to them for assistance. This includes: