“We know that intimate partner/family violence increases during times of widespread social crisis. Existing violence might increase in severity, or it might be the first time that someone experiences harm. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are all being encouraged to socially distance and isolate ourselves at home. For many people experiencing harm, home may not be the safest place. Even though the COVID-19 public health crisis means that we are now spending less time with each other, how do we still support our friends, family and community members who are experiencing family and intimate partner violence at this time?”
This resource, produced by Undercurrent Victoria Community Education Project, seeks to support community based support and safety planning for those experiencing family/intimate partner violence at this time, particularly in reference to social distancing/social isolation.
We would appreciate hearing from any practitioners or family members/friends who are finding ways to support others in relation to these issues at this time.
RESPONSES FROM FAMILIES
A number of anonymous responses have been generously shared with us … these are from family members in situations during COVID-19 lock down where calling the Police is not an option (for various reasons). They are shared below in the hope they may offer company and ideas to other families in similar situations.