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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live, socialise and work. While social isolation is proving critical to slowing the spread of the virus, the impact this will have on the Australian economy and community will likely be devastating. As we observe other countries’ experience of the pandemic around the world, family violence experts are advising that we will inevitably see a spike in the incidence of family violence.

In our third podcast, Andrea Bunn of Nicholes Family Lawyers speaks with Rita Butera, CEO of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre. Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre is a non-for-profit organization providing essential services to women and children experiencing family violence in Victoria. In this pod cast, they address the service providers’ response to the pandemic, to reassure our community of the services available to help those experiencing family violence and encourage us all to reach out and support those in need during these trying times.

For more information about Safe Steps and the services they provide please visit the Safe Steps website at: https://www.safesteps.org.au/ or call their 24/7 emergency hotline on 1800 015 188.

Find out more about Nicholes Family Lawyers at https://nicholeslaw.com.au

Disclaimer: Nicholes Family Lawyers intends the information provided in this podcast as general information only, please contact Nicholes Family lawyers if you require specific information and advice in relation to any family law matter.

Useful Links:

Kids Helpline: a free, private and confidential telephone counselling service – 1800 55 1800 or https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Parent line: a state-wide counselling and support service for all Victorian parents – 13 22 89 or 1300 272 736

Safe Steps: a domestic violence hotline service for women and children – 1800 015 188

WIRE Helpline: free support, referral, and information for all Victorian women (non-binary and gender diverse inclusive) – 1300 134 130

Relationship Space: an online program to help parents manage divorce – https://www.relationshipspace.com.au

Online Family Violence Intervention Order Application – https://fvio.mcv.vic.gov.au/

Relationships Australia: https://www.relationships.org.au/



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Pete helps JOY with podcast coordination and is a podcaster for the "Driving You Mad Driving You Crazy" Friday Drive show, a daytime MMUMM presenter on JOY and also a JOY Board member.


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