The Connection between COVID and Coercive Control

Ever since the pandemic began last March, the message “stay home, stay safe” has been permanently etched into the forefront of our minds. We’ve come to understand lockdowns as inconvenient, yet necessary measures to stop the spread of the virus. But, for those living in violent or coercively controlling relationships, stay-at-home orders have increased their risk of abuse. 

A 2020 study by the Australian Institute of Criminology revealed that COVID-19 has led to either the onset of or increased frequency or severity of ongoing violence or abuse. And, with more than 13 million Australians waking up to lockdown this morning — discussion around the prevalence of intimate partner violence has never been more timely. 

To hear more about the issue Breakfast host Willy was joined by Associate Professor Silke Meyer, the Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or worried about someone else, call the 1800RESPECT hotline.


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