Domestic Violence has significantly increased since the beginning of the pandemic particularly when restrictions were put in place. While domestic violence is not always perpetrated by men, the majority of information, statistics and research report that women are more likely to be perpetrated against.
On average, one woman a week loses her life due to domestic violence, incidents of female perpetrators of homicide do occur (with 115 cases recorded over a ten year period 2004-2014).
Since COIVD-19 began the following has been observed by Women’s support services:
Services have registered an increase in domestic violence cases & raised concerns that women are living with their abuser more due to restrictions and social distancing.
Perpetrators are using the epidemic to exert control & fear to not leave the house.
Domestic violence related Google searches have increased by 75%, women are more hesitant to report over the phone due to fear of being heard.
In SA there has been a rise in new cases involving migrant women.
It is anticipated that an influx of cases will occur when lock down ends as women will have more space and opportunity to report.
Given what we know, the Archdiocese Child Protection Unit have put together some information to assist any individual that may be in a situation of domestic violence and the impact this has on children and young people in the home.
Keep in mind that:
1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence, or both, perpetrated by someone they know
The abuser is the one responsible for the abuse and violence. The person experiencing the violence is not to blame
Domestic and family violence is a crime. It's a dangerous situation and should be taken seriously
Everyone has the right to live a life free from violence and abuse
Violence is never acceptable and is never considered a part of anyone's culture
Many women live with violence and abuse for years before telling someone or getting help because domestic violence follows a cycle
The risk of death or injury to a woman is greatest when leaving an abusive relationship or shortly thereafter
Please note our Unit has returned to the office and continues to be available for telephone support and to provide any information you may need.
Please call on 8210 8159 if you have any questions.
From the Child Protection Unit
Sally, Imbi, Lili and Kath