COVID-19 & Domestic and Family Violence
Published: 2 April 2020
AASW National President Christine Craik said victims and survivors of domestic and family violence would be hyper-vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ways in which they protect themselves and their children from the consequences of the perpetrator’s abuse will constantly be on their mind.
“As social workers, we would talk to all those in this situation to have a think about their safety planning and maybe make some decisions around this while they are all locked down together.”
- Know who it is safe to talk to (or go to) if they must get out?
- Have a place in mind that they can go, and how they will get there?
- Know the phone numbers to call to talk to a family violence service if it is safe to do so?
- Understand how to make their IT safe and private, or does the perpetrator have access to their IT or know their passwords?
- Have children who know what to do, who to call, who to run to if the perpetrator makes the behavioural choice to ramp up the control or to abuse members of the family?