Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 situation and the need to self-isolate at home has resulted in a surge of domestic violence incidents where partners in abusive relationships are living in greater proximity to their abusers than ever before. Below are some tips on what you can do: –
- If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, you can contact 1800RESPECT which is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for all Australians who are at risk or experiencing domestic violence.
- Of course, if you are in immediate danger, call 000 for Police or Ambulance.
- In NSW, the Department of Communities and Justice can assist you with accommodation. Due to the current situation, there have also been changes made to residential tenancy laws which in some cases allows you to terminate a lease without penalty if you are experiencing family violence. Further information can be found here: –
- Remember to always stay in touch with friends and family, even if you can only do so via text message or social media.
- Should the situation escalate, and you need to contact the Police, you may be able to obtain Apprehended Domestic Violence Order which is a legal document that will protect you from family violence.
- Your mental health and wellbeing are important during these times. A list of services and support contacts can be found here: –
If you are concerned about your legal rights in a relationship, whether it be issues relating to domestic violence, property settlement or child custody, please do not hesitate to contact Freedman & Gopalan Solicitor on 02 8917 8700 for advice.