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COVID-19 pandemic support

Agencies are working hard across the nation to assist men to address their violence and abusive behaviour during these times. This page provides links to government COVID-19 restrictions and information on practice for the sector that works with men who use violence.  If you need additional assistance, please contact

Men’s Referral Service

The Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) received funding from the Commonwealth Government in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic to expand support available across the country during these unprecedented times where risks and prevalence of family violence is high.

No matter where you are in Australia, No to Violence is currently delivering:

  • The Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491), providing one-off counselling, de-escalation and referral to longer terms local supports such as Men’s Behaviour Change Programs.
  • A brief intervention service, providing multiple counselling sessions to keep perpetrators engaged in the system whilst they await longer terms supports (i.e. due to long waiting lists as a result of physical distancing restrictions limiting service availability).

Physical distancing restrictions required for interventions

Different jurisdictions across Australia are at different points of the pandemic, which will have impacts on the way interventions are delivered. The advice below is general in nature and provided to our best knowledge, however organisations should visit their respective state government websites (links below) to ensure they have the most up to date advice.

If you are moving to online interventions, No to Violence has been funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide Remote Working Toolkit training – evidence informed training to support get the best outcomes in interventions. More information is here.

Additional resources for practitioners

Across the pandemic, No to Violence has been working with its members and colleagues across the sector to share lessons and practice.