Family Violence Amidst COVID-19

With new active Covid 19 cases, orders to stay home are once again implemented an ongoing. We all know that it is best to follow orders, limit activity and stay home. However, as families cope with the pandemic, a new public health risk is on the rise: family violence.

 Reports show that the frequency of domestic violence incidents are increasing since lockdown orders were put in place. These same reports show that continuous confinement has increased the risk for abuse. 

Family abuse could be happening closer to you than you think. Whether the violence is physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological, it is never acceptable to cause another person any harm– especially family. Furthermore, when children are exposed to such abuse and danger, it can have damaging and lasting effects on their health and behaviour.

 Family violence was an ongoing issue before COVID-19, with Australia’s family violence statistics showing that 1 in 4 women will experience physical violence. But with orders to stay at home and less options for escape, many people have found themselves in dangerous and inescapable situation.

A combination of factors caused by the pandemic, including job losses, financial hardship, working from home and isolation have contributed to a spike in family violence. For example, there was a 10% increase in domestic and family violence victims seeking urgent assistance in Australia since the start of the lockdown in late March.

The full scope family violence during the pandemic will not be known for months, as lockdown measures are still being implemented. However, experts concur that the final statistics will be difficult to hear.

But not all hope is lost- you don’t have to stay in an abusive situation. You can get the help that you need to protect yourself and those you love.

We have authorities and departments that are on high alert to help victims as soon as possible. So, if you are in this kind of dire situation, you can get the help that you need.               

Seeking legal help might sound daunting but gathering up the courage to obtain an intervention order with the help of a family lawyer can give you urgent protection, stop the abuse in its tracks or even save your life. Give me a call today if you are in urgent need of an intervention order.

If you are in need of immediate help call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800Respect on 1800 737 732.

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