Another user applied the text support describing their partner’s behaviour, assessing if it constituted coercive control and verbal abuse.
Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said: “We have a national plan in place … we need to get on with the job of delivering those programs and support,” she told the ABC.
“Unfortunately, disrespect to women and the attitudes towards violence against women take time to change but we are determined to change them.”
As an additional safety measure, if a person doesn’t respond to the text message chain within six minutes, the service stops.
While the text support service offers a more discreet and flexible means of seeking help, it is currently available only in English.
For immediate assistance, contact 1800 RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or Lifeline at 13 11 14.
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