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Easing of lockdown restrictions a relief to some, but some at more “serious threat” of domestic violence- new report

Women’s Safety NSW has released a new report today which shows domestic violence is again escalating as COVID-19 social isolation measures lift. Forty-three (43) domestic and family violence specialists from 20 services across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote NSW were surveyed on 25-27 May 2020, and revealed that since the lock-down period, more victims of…

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Frontline domestic violence services reject claims abuse has not spiked during Covid-19 lockdowns

NSW Police say fears that the Covid-19 lockdowns would cause a spike in domestic violence have proven unfounded. Despite the force doubling home-checks in response to those concerns, it says data shows no rise in abuse rates. But frontline services say they’re seeing a very different picture. Access the full interview on ABC NewsRadio with…

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Harm from drinking alcohol at home spikes in Australia amid coronavirus

The director of emergency medicine research at one of Australia’s busiest hospitals says she has seen “extreme examples of people with severe alcohol dependency and intoxication” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and that while less people are being harmed due to alcohol-related street and bar injuries and accidents, more harm is occurring in homes. The data…

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Do any of these apply to you? The warning signs of financial abuse.

For many people, money is one of the most private areas in their lives. You don’t necessarily talk about it openly with family and friends, and you’re not entirely sure how finances are handled by your peers. We’re not socialised to discuss salaries or our current bank balance, and few of us know how the…

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The Pandemic Is Exacerbating Family Violence

Australia’s first study into the early impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown on family violence has today given us an idea of the hell some families are living around the country right now. Access the full interview with Waleed Aly and Women’s Safety NSW CEO, Hayley Foster on The Project HERE.

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‘Tsunami’ warning for domestic violence networks as victims try to escape coronavirus lockdown

Domestic violence survivor Serena* has rarely felt more lonely than during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the middle of extricating herself from her partner, the pandemic cut her access to counsellors and support networks, making her challenging life even harder. “The chaos of COVID along with the trauma that is happening in the family, has been…

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Wealthier Sydney suburbs reporting ‘very alarming’ domestic violence increases : BOCSAR

The wealthier suburbs of Sydney are recording an “alarming” rise in domestic violence, with increases greater than 30 per cent, well above the state average. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research revealed a 38 per cent increase in recorded domestic violence-related assaults in Baulkham Hills and the Hawkesbury, while in Sutherland rates were up…

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