To assist women experiencing family violence, and professionals providing support to migrant and refugee communities during COVID-19 we have created this web-page to help you find;

inTouch will continue to update this page as more resources become available but we need your help. If you or your organisation have a resource you would like to share, please email admin@intouch.org.au.

Current COVID-19 restrictions in plain English (Victoria)

From 30 March 2020, all Victorians must obey the Stage 3 Restrictions set out by the Victorian State Government, in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. People who do not follow these rules can be fined by the police. It is critical that all women experiencing family violence have a clear understanding of these restrictions, and can make informed decisions about their safety during this time.

Victoria State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services have released a comprehensive and simple language FAQ resource to support community members to understand and comply with relevant retractions. Click here to view online.

For the latest information on COVID-19, see the Victoria State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services. You can also call the coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

If you or your client requires a free interpreter, please call 131 450 (TIS National), then request the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Key resources for women experiencing family violence during COVID-19

During COVID-19 many women may be at higher risk of experiencing family violence as many services are changing the way they operate, and women are forced to spend more time with the perpetrator of violence due to social distancing, self-isolation and shut-down measures.

Further to this, people who use family violence may also use COVID-19 as a way to control or abuse victim-survivors in different ways. For example they could;

  • Stop or make it hard for victim-survivors to get things they need such as food, medicine, hand sanitizer or cleaning products.
  • Tell victim-survivors things that aren’t true about COVID-19 to control or frighten them.
  • Use COVID-19 as an excuse to control the family’s finances (money).
  • Put victim-survivors at risk by not following social distancing laws from the Victorian Government.
  • Threaten to infect victim-survivors with COVID-19 or to invite people with COVID-19 to visit the home.
  • Threaten or stop victim-survivors and their children from going to the doctor or hide their Medicare card.
  • Say things that aren’t true about the way victim-survivors look after the children, such as blaming them if children ‘misbehave’ or are upset.
  • Isolate victim-survivors or their children in the home by restricting their movement in the house or disabling mobility devices.
  • Keep track of personal communication devices such as mobile phone, email, online messaging.
  • Use COVID-19 to excuse, blame or justify their abusive and violent behavior.
  • An ex-partner may use COVID-19 to try and enter or live in the home.
  • Breach a family violence intervention order.
  • Force victim-survivors to travel on public transport, making them feel unsafe.
  • Tell victim-survivors that family violence organisations are closed or that police won’t help during COVID-19.

Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) have put together some useful advice on how to recognise family violence during COVID-19. Click here to read this information.

A list of key resources to support women at risk of family violence during COVID-19 is included below;

Translated information on COVID-19

A range of translated materials are being put together by Government and independent organisations to support individuals from migrant and refugee communities to understand COVID-19 symptoms, travel restrictions and what to do to reduce the risk and spread of the virus. inTouch have compiled links to key resources below to empower the communities we support to access this critical information inLanguage.

inTouch will continue to update this page as more resources become available but we need your help. If you or your organisation have a resource you would like to share, please email admin@intouch.org.au.

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inTouch will continue to update this page as more resources become available but we need your help. If you or your organisation have a resource you would like to share, please email admin@intouch.org.au.