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Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Public Health Orders and restrictions are put in place at times subject to health advice. Currently, residents of Greater Sydney are subject to a stay-at home direction. This means all residents must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave, and if you do have a reasonable excuse to leave your home you must stay within your local area.

These restrictions, and other Covid-19 restrictions, DO NOT APPLY if you are a victim-survivor fleeing a violent or abusive relationship, or seeking domestic and family violence related services.

Accessing these services or leaving these situations is a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

The NSW Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said the State’s dedicated frontline services would remain at the ready to support victim-survivors if they’re escaping abuse.

“We want to be abundantly clear that stay-at-home COVID-19 orders do not apply if you’re fleeing violence and abuse in your household,” Mr Speakman said.

Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker APM, Corporate Sponsor Domestic and Family Violence said police and frontline services are ready to provide support to anyone fleeing domestic and family violence during the latest stay-at-home orders.

If you are in danger, call 000 or the Domestic Violence line on 1800 65 64 63.

To view New South Wales current Covid-19 restrictions visit NSW Health: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules