Staying Safe

Your rights

Everyone has the right to feel safe and be protected from abuse.  No one is allowed to threaten you, hurt you, or touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or afraid.
Abuse is not ok. 

Every person has the right to feel safe and respected, and everyone has the right to: 

  • live their life safely
  • be free from:
    • abuse
    • violence
    • neglect
    • discrimination
    • fear
  • make choices about their life
  • be treated with respect and dignity by others at all times. 


Where to get help

Asking for help can save you from mental and physical suffering – it may even save your life.  There are people who can help you if you are being abused or neglected.
Remember – it is not your fault if someone abuses you!

If you think you are being abused in any way, you should tell someone. 



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1800RESPECT counsellors now provide improved support to people with disabilities who are impacted by violence and abuse, and the service has been accredited by Scope.   

You can contact 1800RESPECT in different ways:

  • Call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732

Chat online on your computer or phone.

If you need a relay service (NRS)

  • Call 1800 555 677
  • or TTY 133 677
  • Then ask for 1800 737 732

1800RESPECT has a Disability Support Kit which includes videos and Easy English resources.


Other numbers to call for emotional support

Helpful resources

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