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20 August 2020

Are you experiencing family violence? Don’t suffer alone – help is available

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live, work, study and socialise, we have unfortunately seen an increase in family violence in the community.

The reasons for this are complex, but contributing factors include disruptions to normal lifestyle and routines, and significant pressure on emotions, finances, work or study, and overall health and wellbeing. These issues can strain personal and family relationships, exacerbate existing domestic problems or increase risk to victims already experiencing family violence.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Victoria Police has conducted more than 16,000 safety checks on known family violence cases, and detected nearly 4500 new family violence offences, ranging from breaching violence restraining orders to assaults.

The Victorian Government recently announced an extra $20 million for domestic violence services. The money will enable 1500 perpetrators, or people at risk of using violence, to move out of homes and into short- or long-term accommodation. The aim is to help keep survivors safe in their homes amid coronavirus lockdown measures.

What to do if your home is not a safe place to be

Family violence is a crime and there is no excuse. Everyone has the right to be free from violence or the fear of violence. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, or you’re feeling scared or threatened at home, we want you to know that support is available.

If you’re feeling unsafe in your home right now, please seek help in one of the following ways:

In an emergency

Even with Stage 4 restrictions in place in Melbourne and Stage 3 across the rest of Victoria, if you need to leave a violent situation, you can – and you will not be fined.

Support from within Deakin

Community-based support

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