COVID-19 and staying safe if you can’t stay home

COVID-19 and staying safe if you can’t stay home

This video has information for young people about where to seek help during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic if home is not safe.

For the latest coronavirus rules, see Victoria’s restriction levels.

Transcript

COVID-19 coronavirus means there are more rules and we’re all staying home more of the time.

But it's hard to stay home if home isn’t safe.

If someone at home is making you feel scared or unsafe, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au.

If you’re in danger now, or someone else is, call the police on 000.

If home is not safe and you need a place to stay, you can get help from Frontyard Youth Services. Call (03) 9614 3688 for help in your local area. If you need help outside business hours, call 1800 800 531.

If you need a break from it all, you may be able to go for a walk with a friend or go to their house. This depends on where you live and what the current rules are. 

You may have to wear a mask or scarf that covers your nose and mouth. 

Remember to social distance. Try to stay 1.5 metres away from other people.

Rules for COVID-19 might mean you can’t hang out in large groups.

Check the rules in your area. 

If you’re stopped by police, stay calm. You usually have to give police your name and address if they ask.

If you have a legal problem, like a fine for being outside your home, or you need help dealing with the police or court, you can get free help from a lawyer.

Call Victoria Legal Aid on 1300 792 387.

For more info or online chat go to www.legalaid.vic.gov.au or call 1300 792 387.

More information

If you are safe where you are for now, but would like to speak to someone about things you are worried about, these services can help you:

  • Kids Helpline phone support and counselling 24 hours a day. Call 1800 55 1800
  • Frontyard Youth Services if home is not safe and you need a place to stay, you can get help from Frontyard Youth Services. Call (03) 9614 3688 for help in your local area. If you need help outside business hours, call 1800 800 531.
  • Headspace mental health support and counselling. Call 1800 650 890
  • QLife is a support service for LGBTIQA+ young people open 3 pm until midnight every day. Call 1800 184 527
  • Youth Support + Advocacy Service can help with drug and alcohol issues. Call 1800 458 685

Go to Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 information to check the rules in your area and get health information about COVID-19

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