BaptistCare Community Services General Manager, Robert Ellis, shares his thoughts about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
For many, home is a refuge, a place of love and respect. For some, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, home is a prison and a place of great risk.
We know from existing and emerging evidence, that this global crisis elevates the risk of domestic and family violence. Women and their children bear the brunt of the impact.
At this time, varied reports are coming from the domestic and family violence sector in Australia, depending on the type of service and its location.
There has been a spike in demand on help-lines such as 1800 RESPECT, while other services have reported a drop in demand or shift in the type and severity of violence. We too experienced a ‘worrying silence’ with many women afraid to reach out for help.
We’ve since made ourselves more available with staff rapidly adopting technology and working remotely, checking in on existing clients while providing new clients with options for support.
Challenges remain, yet new opportunities to support women have been discovered.
Please partner with us as we continue to support women and children experiencing violence by donating today.