Home is not always a safe place for adults and children living in situations of family violence. As a result of COVID-19, the direction to “stay at home” can have implications for adults and children living with someone who is abusive.
A survey by the Australian Institute of Criminology reveals that one in 10 Australian women in a relationship have experienced domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic, with two-thirds saying the attacks started or became worse during the pandemic.
For many, public health and community containment measures introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and self-isolation, as well as increased financial insecurity and reduced ability to leave relationships, may increase their risk of family violence. Having a safety plan, which is a personalised, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave, can help protect you and your family during this time.
For further information regarding safety plans, please refer to the 1800 RESPECT website or contact our office to discuss your circumstances