Cases of Domestic Violence Increased During the Pandemic
COVID-19 has highlighted and exacerbated domestic violence – a hidden pandemic that is sweeping Australia and the world. It’s been proven that social isolation, along with economic instability, has fuelled domestic abuse perpetrators to exercise power and control with violence.
Forbes released an article this week, which showed the increase of domestic cases in certain countries since the coronavirus pandemic began. Australia was included in these countries, listing a Women’s Safety New South Wales survey revealing a 40% increase in requests for help by survivors.
Furthermore, the national sexual and domestic violence counselling referral service 1800RESPECT also saw a 21 percent increase in contacts between April and July, including for men, who made up 10 per cent of those who got in touch.
Many victims will be doubtful at the moment whether there is a place for them to go or to get help. For those with children, they may feel it’s easier to try and stay at home until the pandemic is entirely over. There is still help available, regardless of the restrictions that may still be in place in your area, and it is vital that one does still seek support as safety is a priority. Planning for one’s escape and resources may be prudent in this situation and it might be worth putting together a personalised safety plan in advance.
If you or someone you know is impacted by family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
Please note, for those experiencing family violence in Victoria, leaving for your safety is perfectly acceptable and support services remain available. You can ring Safe Steps 24/7 on 0399289600.
Our Family Law team can assist you on all matters related to family violence, including filing criminal charges and AVOs. Contact the team today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9667 1271.