With the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and stakeholders front of mind, Women’s Health East is working remotely. Having our office closed doesn’t, of course, alter our commitment to equality, empowerment, health and wellbeing for all women.
We will continue to progress our work to advance gender equality, prevent violence against women, and improve women’s sexual and reproductive, however we are doing things a bit differently at the moment.
For example, although we have postponed recent face-to-face activities, we are using digital platforms and other communications mechanisms to connect with you.
Our Speaking Out Program is a priority for WHE, especially at a time when family violence is likely to increase. If you would like to consult with, or interview a woman who has experienced family or sexual violence, or even have one of our advocates speak at a virtual event, we can assist. To book a Speaking Out Advocate, please contact Rachel on 0405606545 or email@example.com.
WHE staff remain contactable during this time. If you don’t know the contact details of the person you are seeking to interact with please use firstname.lastname@example.org and you message will be passed on to the appropriate person.
Please also keep connected with us through our social media channels where we will continue to share timely information to support women’s health and wellbeing. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We know that these times are difficult for all. Women are disproportionately affected during a crisis such as COVID19 due to financial pressures, escalation of family and intimate partner violence, caring responsibilities and working in client-facing services. Although WHE do not offer services directly to women, you can rely on us to be strongly advocating for women throughout this time.
If you are seeking immediate help, please contact the numbers below:
1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Call toll-free 1800 737 732.
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Service – 1800 015 188
Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response service for women and children. Call safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188 to speak to a family violence support worker.
EDVOS – 03 9259 4200
EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region.
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Mental health support including depression and anxiety.
Switchboard Victoria – 1800 184 527
LGBTIQ+ mental health support available 3pm – midnight.
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.
Thank you to all our partners and supporters who help us continue our work.