Department of Human Services

$2.4 million boost to tackle domestic violence in South Australia.

2020-05-05

Men's referral service. Phone 1300 766 491. Women's referral service. Phone 1800 800 098.

In a first for South Australia, a new, dedicated 24/7 men’s domestic violence hotline and support service has received funding, in a bid to help stem violent behaviours and manage the expected increase in domestic, family and sexual violence incidents due to COVID-19.

The $2.4 million funding boost from the Federal Government has enabled the fast-track of new domestic violence initiatives which include:

  • $900,000 for the 24/7 Men’s Referral Line – for South Australian men to seek advice, support and help about their use of violence and to connect them with local DV services, OARS and Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY)
  • $1 million to domestic violence services across SA for brokerage packages for people experiencing abuse and violence to be used to pay for immediate support including transport, safety upgrades to property, financial counselling and support for children.
  • $250,000 to the Department of Human Services to lead a targeted, communications campaign with the aim of connecting more women with services.
  • $250,000 to upskill the current and new workforce, for example training for existing helplines including Lifeline and Telecross Redi.

The funding boost to South Australia forms part of the Federal Government’s $150 million response package towards supporting Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from COVID-19.

Health requirements for quarantine and self-isolation have had a particularly acute impact on women and children experiencing or at risk of abuse and domestic violence. The funding boost for frontline services was made a priority so they can continue to deliver vital support during these uncertain times.

Funding will be provided to both metropolitan and regional domestic violence services to pay for immediate support for people experiencing abuse and violence.

Financial strain is often a barrier for many women leaving dangerous situations. Funding to help women leave, if it’s not safe for them to stay at home, will go towards helping them make the right and safest decisions.

All critical domestic violence services remain available and will continue to ensure women feel safe and supported and know where to turn for help

In addition to the $2.4 million boost, a record $14 million has been committed towards a suite of measures to help women and children at risk.

Existing measures continue and are available for anyone needing support or help. These include:

  • crisis accommodation beds
  • the domestic violence disclosure scheme
  • the life-saving personal protection app
  • the 24/7 domestic violence crisis line.

The new COVID-19 domestic violence measures start immediately.

Every South Australian has a role to play in ending domestic, family and sexual violence. We are all urged to remain vigilant and for men and women to seek help if they need it.

Telephone numbers

Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491 Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1800 800 098

Resources

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Page last updated : 06 May 2020

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