COVID-19 presents a supercharged setting for family violence, with stress high due to uncertainty around health, employment, housing and maintaining social supports.
Anxiety, depression and frustration can be common responses to these changed circumstances.
Everyone should be able to communicate these feelings without resorting to violent, abusive or controlling behaviour. Women and children isolated at home are at increased risk at this time.
Everyone can play a part in keeping women and children safe.
• If you are worried someone might be in an unsafe situation, try to maintain social connections online or over the phone.
• Re-engage friends or family who may be unsafe, using your own social isolation as a reason for why you are calling more often.
Families should be mindful of their dynamics and plan accordingly.
• Allow each other space and time alone.
• If you’re having trouble with co-parenting arrangements, act sensibly and reasonably considering the best interests of children, appreciating the other parent’s concerns and seeking legal advice if unsure.
• Create or update your safety plan
If you or someone you know needs support, contact one of the free community support services below.
Safe Steps (safety planning)
1800 015 188
1800 7377 328
1800 542 847
Mens Referral Service
1300 766 491
Family Relationship Advice Line
1800 050 321
Safe From Harm (free legal help)*
9376 4355 or 9376 7929
In an emergency, call 000.
*Safe from Harm is a partnership project of Moonee Valley Legal Service and Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre.