Staying at home should be safe - but what if you’re isolated with your abuser?

PM Morrison: Act for women's safety at home during this crisis

Everything we know about the behaviour of abusers suggests that both the immediate and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to increased danger for those experiencing abuse in their home.

We need our government to take these urgent actions to ensure that women aren't left alone to manage risks to their safety, and can they can access help where they need it, when they need it. 

And so far the Morrison Government's response has left massive gaps in what should be a service safety net for women at risk. As Governments radically review their policies, and implement policy changes on a previously unimaginable scale, it’s vital that we keep this issue on the agenda. 

Can you join the campaign and build the pressure on them to urgently take action to help women and children be safe at home? 

 

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We know that coercion, surveillance and isolation are tactics often used by domestic abusers, even outside of pandemics. Many abusers work to cut off their partners from other relationships so they can control them fully. In a context where we’re all physically isolated from our communities; the impact of an abuser’s isolation tactics will be even more significant. 

Even before this pandemic, family violence services weren’t equipped to provide support to all of the women reaching out to them for help. In NSW alone, services estimated that even before the pandemic, 63 women a day were without access to the ‘safe at home’ programs they need.

Read more about how COVID-19 is impacting women's safety.

Join the call for action

Experts are warning that COVID-19 will significantly increase the risks to victim-survivors of family violence.

Governments need to take urgent action for their safety, specifically: fully funding specialist women’s and family violence services to ensure everyone can access the service support they need for their safety; ensuring the legal system makes the safety of victim-survivors and their children a priority; assisting those at particular risk due to visa status or disability to access essential support; and maintaining access to contraception and abortion care. 

 

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