We can help if family and domestic violence affects you

7 December 2021

The 16 days of activism campaign is a reminder we can help if you’re experiencing family and domestic violence.

Trigger warning: This article contains references to family and domestic violence. You might be affected by this topic. Please take care and seek support from 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.

The United Nations’ ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ is an international campaign that calls for action to stop violence against women and girls. The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December.

Family and domestic violence can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender or sexual orientation. It can cause you to live in fear for yourself and your family.

We can help you get the right support. This can include:

  • options for child support and what to do if you’re worried collecting it might put you at risk
  • getting your own Medicare card.

We can also check if you’re eligible for:

  • income support payments and advance payments
  • Crisis Payment
  • exemptions from seeking employment if you get or want to claim a payment as a job seeker.

If you need support, our social workers can offer short-term counselling and information. They can also talk to you about other services that may help.

Next steps

If you’re affected by family and domestic violence, you can let us know. Anything you tell us is private.

Read more about family and domestic violence, and how we can support you.

We also have information to help you look after your safety.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2021