On White Ribbon Day today, the Marshall Liberal Government wants all South Australians to know that support is available for anyone who may be experiencing domestic violence – and is asking everyone to remain vigilant during the state’s six-day circuit breaker lockdown.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said White Ribbon Day was a timely reminder to everyone to play their part in stopping the scourge of DV – and used the opportunity to let South Australians know support is available for anyone who needs it.
“Even though we’re asking South Australians to stay at home during this six-day circuit breaker, South Australians should know that if they are experiencing violence or abuse at home, they can leave, if they believe it is safe to do so,” said Minister Lensink.
“Now, more than ever, we really urge the public to remain vigilant and if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, report it.
“We want South Australian women experiencing violence or abuse in their homes to know that they are supported and there is help available if they need it.
“All critical DV services are continuing and anyone experiencing violence at home, or is feeling threatened or unsafe, can call one of the many available DV hotlines and seek support – and in an emergency, call Triple Zero.”
Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Carolyn Power said DV services remain ready to help South Australian women and children in need.
“We will continue to do whatever we can to ensure women feel safe and supported and know where to turn for help at this time,” said Mrs Power.
“Whilst we’re asking people to stay at home, we also know home isn’t always a safe place for some and so for those who are worried about their safety there is help and support services available.”
Mrs Power said the Marshall Liberal Government had committed record funding towards DV prevention and intervention and fast-tracked a range of new measures during COVID19 thanks to a recent Federal Government funding boost.
“All our existing measures – including our crisis accommodation beds, the domestic violence disclosure scheme, the life-saving personal protection app and the 24/7 DV crisis line continue and are available for anyone needing support or help,” said Mrs Power.
“In a state-first, we’ve also committed funding to support a new, dedicated 24/7 men’s domestic violence hotline and wrap-around support services in a bid to help stem violent behaviours.
“We’ve also funded a targeted Break the Cycle communications campaign and website with the aim of breaking the cycle of abuse and funded individual support packages for people experiencing abuse and violence to help them pay for immediate support including transport, safety upgrades to property, financial counselling and support for children.”
For any South Australian who needs support at this time:
DV Crisis Line: 1800 800 098
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
RESPECT hotline: 1800RESPECT (737 732)
Break the Cycle: https://breakthecycle.sa.gov.au/