urged to seek help, despite lockdown
Victims and survivors of family violence are being urged to seek help, even though the country is in lockdown.
Chief Victims Advisor Kim McGregor said the police and other support agencies were essential services, so they continued to operate.
Many people and families would be more experiencing more stress at home, McGregor said.
"Even though we are currently in self-isolation, we still want to hear from you if you, or someone in your bubble is being hurt," she said.
If someone is in immediate danger they should call the police on 111. If it is not safe to speak, people can call 111, stay silent and push 55.
Police will understand the silence to be an alert.