Experiencing family violence – Don’t delay getting help

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ACT Policing is reminding Canberrans not to delay seeking help when it is needed with domestic and family violence services available across the Christmas period.

Family Violence Unit’s Inspector Sue Smith said anyone experiencing domestic and family violence can be sure police and other services are here to help you.

“If you are required to be in self-quarantine or isolation and you are subjected to domestic or family violence, you do not need to stay home or in the hotel. If you feel unsafe, please contact ACT Policing or the Domestic Violence Crisis Service to discuss safe alternatives and next steps,” Inspector Smith said.

In 2020, ACT Policing has responded to more than 3000 family violence related matters.

“For those struggling this Christmas period there are a number of support services available and police encourage you to reach out and talk to someone if you’re impacted by domestic or family violence,” Inspector Smith said.

“Look out for family, friends and don’t delay seeking help from domestic and family violence services when you need them.”

Triple Zero (000) in an emergency or life threatening situation.

Police Assistance on 131 444 if it is a non-emergency, but you require police assistance.

The ACT Policing Family Violence Unit can be contacted directly on 02 5126 9114.

Or contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Service which provides a 24 hour crisis line, advice, safety planning and information every day of the year and can be reached on 02 6280 0900, or call 000 in an emergency.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au