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.

Videos

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 admin@intouch.org.au

In this video, join Ashanti and Ela to hear about our client’s experiences while seeking support and the ways inTouch is responding in the current climate.

All information in the video is accurate as of 11 May 2020. Information is changing rapidly in response to the pandemic and advice from your relevant government and health officials should be referred to for the most up-to-date information. 

In this video, join Ela and Sonia to hear about the challenges faced by women on temporary visas experiencing family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways inTouch is responding to this.

All information in the video is accurate as of 11 May 2020. Information is changing rapidly in response to the pandemic and advice from your relevant government and health officials should be referred to for the most up-to-date information.

In this video, join Naime and Ela to hear about another form of family violence – the weaponisation of COVID-19 – and the ways inTouch is responding to this.

All information in the video is accurate as of 11 May 2020. Information is changing rapidly in response to the pandemic and advice from your relevant government and health officials should be referred to for the most up-to-date information. 

In this video, join Sulaika and Ela to hear about parenting orders and how they may be affected by COVID-19.

 

All information in the video is accurate as of 11 May 2020. Information is changing rapidly in response to the pandemic and advice from your relevant government and health officials should be referred to for the most up-to-date information. 

In this video, join Sulaika and Ela to hear about how legal services, court interactions and intervention orders have been impacted by COVID-19.

All information in the video is accurate as of 11 May 2020. Information is changing rapidly in response to the pandemic and advice from your relevant government and health officials should be referred to for the most up-to-date information. 

For more information or media and interview inquiries contact Sonia Morabito, Communications Coordinator, on 03 9413 6568 or email soniam@intouch.org.au