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1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is Australia’s national domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, information and support service. They provide a free, confidential service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telstra Health delivers 1800RESPECT on behalf of the Australian Government.

Vision and mission

1800RESPECT is available 24/7 and provides free, confidential counselling, information and support to people affected by domestic, family and sexual violence across Australia.

They are committed to delivering a high-quality, accessible and inclusive national front door service.

Following an open tender process, the Australian Government selected Telstra Health and three specialist organisations, including DVConnect, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre and 54 Reasons (formerly Save the Children Australia), to deliver 1800RESPECT from 1 July 2022.

How 1800RESPECT can help

1800RESPECT provides counselling, information and support for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family and sexual violence
  • People supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family and sexual violence
  • Professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

Information lines / help lines

  • Call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or chat online via their website (www.1800respect.org.au). They are available 24/7.

Programs and apps and tools

  • Daisy app — a free app that provides information about local support services across Australia, including for domestic and family violence, sexual violence, housing, legal, health and financial support
  • Sunny app — a free app to support people with disability impacted by violence and abuse

Recommended links

Last reviewed: January 2023

Information from this partner

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Self isolation and COVID-19 | 1800RESPECT

Self isolation and increased stress during COVID-19 will likely see an increase in domestic violence incidents. There are a number of things you can do to try and keep safe.

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Child safety reporting obligations | 1800RESPECT

Mandatory reporting requirements in domestic, family and sexual violence situations

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Spiritual abuse | 1800RESPECT

Spiritual abuse is when someone uses spiritual or religious beliefs to hurt, scare or control you. Spiritual abuse can be a form of domestic and family violence.

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Financial support services | 1800RESPECT

In Australia there are many services that can help you figure out solutions to your financial problems. You do not need to feel trapped in a violent situation because of money or financial worries.

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How to support someone experiencing domestic and family violence | 1800RESPECT

There are some things you can do to support someone experiencing domestic or family violence, including believing them and taking their fears seriously.

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Supporting people who identify as LGBTI | 1800RESPECT

Supporting people who identify as LGBTI requires an understanding of the issues they experience. Heterosexim, homophobia, transphobia and cisgenderism can affect the way people respond to sexual assault, domestic and family violence.

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Cultural safety and accommodation of religious practices | 1800RESPECT

Cultural safety and accommodation of religious practices

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Domestic, family and sexual violence experienced by people with disability | 1800RESPECT

People with disability have a higher risk of experiencing violence and abuse. They can also take longer to reach out for support, and experience more barriers to access support services.

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Supporting someone experiencing sexual violence | 1800RESPECT

Responding well when someone shares their experience with you can make a big difference.

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Financial Abuse Support Toolkit | 1800RESPECT

Financial abuse is a form of domestic or family violence. It can include controlling or preventing access to your money. Financial abuse is not OK and support is available.

Read more on 1800RESPECT website

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