1800Respect is the only specialist 24/7 rape and domestic violence counselling service in Australia. On 13 February 2017, 1800Respect was advertised for tender.
Last year, the Federal Government funded a call centre, operated by a private multinational health insurance company, Medibank Health Solutions (MHS), to answer calls from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The result is that before speaking to a specialist counsellor, victims of violence first have to speak to a privately operated call centre.
Sign the petition to call on the government to continue to provide direct funding to 1800Respect and its other specialist services. (Source: No Profit from Rape website)