Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://anrows.intersearch.com.au/anrowsjspui/handle/1/20655
Record ID: b9bb0d74-9d24-466f-9214-b242899bc22d
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26180/5ed9d5198497c
Type: Report
Title: Responding to the ‘shadow pandemic’: practitioner views on the nature of and responses to violence against women in Victoria, Australia during the COVID-19 restrictions
Authors: Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Pfitzner, Naomi
True, Jacqui
ANRA Topic: Natural disasters and pandemics
Drivers of violence against women
Data development
ANRA Population: General population
Categories: COVID-19 Research
ANROWS Completed Register of Active Research projects
Year: 2020
Publisher: Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre
Notes: 

The research has concluded and the output has been added to the ANROWS library. Please visit https://www.anrows.org.au/register-of-active-research/ for more information on the RAR.

BACKGROUND

Times of crisis and natural disasters are associated with increased violence against women and children and often with reduced access to support services. COVID-19 is no exception, with pandemic control measures restricting people’s movements and confining many women and children to homes with their abusers. In April 2020 the UN Secretary-General labelled violence against women the "shadow pandemic". In Australia, like elsewhere in the world, restrictions introduced to counter the spread of COVID-19 have exacerbated the gap between domestic and family violence service demand and the availability and accessibility of support services for those experiencing and using domestic violence.

AIM

This research investigates women’s experiences of violence and help-seeking under the COVID-19 restrictions as well as the impact on the wellbeing of practitioners who provide support during this time.

METHODS

This mixed methods research brings together the experiences of practitioners responding to family violence during the coronavirus lockdowns via a multi-wave practitioner survey and focus groups as well as service provider data. This research is being carried out in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, No to Violence and inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. The Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network, Women’s Safety NSW and the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency have also shared data for this project.

SIGNIFICANCE

This research will help us to understand women’s experiences of violence and help-seeking under the COVID-19 restrictions as well as the impact on health and social care workers who provide support during this time. We will share the results widely to help governments and other organisations understand what women experiencing violence need now and to prepare for the future.

FUNDING BODY

Funded by Monash University as part of the "Melbourne Experiment" project

PROJECT START DATE

March 2020

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE

January 2022

URI: https://anrows.intersearch.com.au/anrowsjspui/handle/1/20655
Appears in Collections:ANROWS Notepad 2020
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