Domestic violence victims and rough sleepers will have access to short-term motel accommodation for the duration of South Australia’s seven-day lockdown.
As part a strong COVID-19 response plan, the Marshall Liberal Government has today acted swiftly in order to keep our most vulnerable South Australians safe at this time – and to stop the spread.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink urged South Australians to seek accommodation and domestic violence support if they need it.
“Even though we’re asking South Australians to stay at home over the next seven days, South Australians should know that if they are experiencing violence or abuse at home, they can leave, if they believe it is safe to do so,” said Minister Lensink.
“From today, we will be making short-term accommodation available for at-risk South Australians experiencing violence and abuse in their homes.
“Now, more than ever, we really urge the public to remain vigilant and if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, report it.
“We want South Australian women experiencing violence or abuse in their homes to know that they are supported and there is help available if they need it.
“All critical DV services are continuing and anyone experiencing violence at home, or is feeling threatened or unsafe, can call one of the many available DV hotlines and seek support – and in an emergency, call Triple Zero.”
Minister Lensink also urged eligible rough sleepers to seek accommodation if they need it.
“Maintaining good hygiene and social distancing is difficult for people experiencing homelessness, in particular rough sleepers,” said Minister Lensink.
“That’s why we’ve worked quickly to ensure some of our most vulnerable South Australians can have a roof over their heads so they can stay safe, maintain good hygiene practices and social distance that are vital to everyone’s health.
“We will continue to ensure our most vulnerable have support and know where to turn to for help.”
24/7 hotline Homeless Connect SA: 1800 003 308.
24/7 SA Domestic Violence Crisis line: 1800 800 098.
In an emergency, call Triple Zero.