COVID-19: Support services and commentary

We are in the uncertain times posed by COVID-19.

The coming months will see Australian households and individuals experience higher levels of stress, financial uncertainty, and health threats than those imaginable to us previously.

We are committed to ensuring that the community remain safe and supported during this time.

We have prepared the attached list of individual and family focused support services that are accessible remotely. You can also view this list below.

For those that have used these services before we would encourage you to stay in touch with them remotely over this period.

For those who haven’t use a service before but are experiencing new or increased stress or fear of violence during this time we would recommend you to reach out.

We encourage you to share this with members of your community, your family and friends.

Stay well and stay safe.

Recent media contributions and opinion


Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Meyer, S. (2020) ‘The senate inquiry into family violence has closed missing an important opportunity’ The Conversation, 21 May.

Fitz-Gibbon, K., Burley, J., & Meyer, S. (2020) 'How do we keep family violence perpetrators ‘in view’ during the COVID-19 lockdown?' The Conversation, 28 April.

Meyer, S. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2020) ‘COVID-19: The bystander role has never been more critical in calling out family violence' Monash Lens, 9 April

Walklate, S. (2020) ‘COVID-19 lockdown: “The home remains the most dangerous place for women (and children)”’, Liverpool View, 6 April.

Segrave, M. & Maher, JM. (2020) Coronavirus: ‘Family violence and temporary migration in the time of COVID-19’ Monash Lens, 2 April 2020.

Fitz-Gibbon, K., & Meyer, S. (2020) 'Coronavirus: fear of family violence spike as COVID-19 impact hits households', Monash Lens, 18 March 2020.

Family focused support services

Family violence support
1800 Respect National sexual assault and domestic/family violence counselling service Ph: 1800 737 732
Safe Steps Supporting women and children in Victoria to live free from family violence Ph: 1800 015 188
No to Violence Working with men to end family violence in Victoria and New South Wales Ph: 1300 766 491
MensLine Australia National telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns Ph: 1300 789 978
Relationships Australia National support for relationships for abusive and abused partners Ph: 1300 264 277
InTouch Multicultural centre supporting the needs of refugee and migrant women experiencing family violence. Ph: 1800 755 988
Djirra Supporting the safety and well-being of Aboriginal women experiencing family violence. Ph: 1800 105 303
Parent services
Parentline Phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old offering confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues Ph: 13 22 89
PANDA National support for individuals and families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression Ph: 1300 726 306
Mental health services
Beyond Blue National mental health support Ph: 1300 224 636
Lifeline Crisis support and suicide prevention Ph: 13 11 14
SANE Support for Australians affected by complex mental health issues Ph: 1800 187 263
Suicide call back service National telephone and online support for those affected by suicide Ph: 1300 659 467
Children and young people’s services
Headspace National mental health support service for young people under the age of 25
Kids helpline Confidential telephone and online counselling for young people aged 5 to 25 across Australia Ph: 1800 551 800

Download the list here.