This paper highlights some critical trends and concerns that inTouch is seeing emerge from our service delivery programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes the following:
- Weaponisation of COVID-19 by abusers
- ‘There’s no safe time to call’ – the clients we can’t reach
- Women on temporary visas unable to access financial support
- Increased demand for Flexible Support Packages
- Parenting Orders
- Changing and limited referral pathways
- Motivation for Change Program – keeping men who use violence accountable.
As we observe the ‘Stay at Home’ and social distancing directives, women and children in abusive homes are extremely vulnerable. Whilst some other family violence services are reporting a reduced number of calls for assistance, we are receiving a higher volume. This is not only from new clients but also ex-clients who have either had another recent experience of family violence, or are facing tremendous financial hardship as a result of the current climate.
Our clients’ situation is further complicated as many of them are on temporary visas and are unable to access support services. We are deeply concerned and want to be able to do as much as possible to keep these women and their children safe during this time. We also believe that now more than ever, we need to continue to hold men accountable, keep them engaged and seeking help to change their behaviour.
Read the issues paper here.
We have also developed a series of short videos – inTouch Insights – that discuss some of these issues. These videos are designed to help family violence practitioners and members of the public understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our clients.
If you would like to provide any feedback on the videos with any suggestions for improvements please complete the feedback form on the Contact Us page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or media and interview inquiries contact Sonia Morabito, Communications Coordinator, on 03 9413 6568 or email email@example.com