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THE CARLTON Football Club are continuing to respond to the developing COVID-19 situation and are taking every precaution to protect Club members and supporters as well as the safety of staff and players.

During this time, the delivery of the Carlton Respects Schools Program, Workplace Charter and awareness raising campaigns have been temporarily suspended. It is our aim that we will resume the delivery of the program once it is safe to do so.

We recognise that this is an uncertain time for many people which may result in heightened stress levels that can be detrimental to our mental and physical health.

A statement from Our Watch CEO and Carlton Football Club Board Member Patty Kinnersly explains that research has found that there is often a spike in violence against women during major crises and disasters – which have many similar features to the current situation with the devastating spread of COVID-19.

It is important to note, however, that these kinds of stress-related factors which can increase the severity and frequency of violence, do not in themselves ‘cause’ or drive violence against women. Read the full statement from Our Watch in response to COVID-19 here.

It is important to stay connected during this period and reach out to friends and family members. Alternatively, there are a number of support services available to assist in times of challenging mental health and social isolation, including:

  • Lifeline (13 11 14)
  • Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636)
  • Headspace (1800 650 890)

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence or sexual assault, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au. Counsellors are available 24/7 for phone and web chat.

In an emergency, call 000.