Refining our Strategies to Support Family Violence Victim Survivors during COVID-19
Presented by: ShantiWorks Team
15th May, 2020, 10:00am 11:30am
Cost: $55 + GST
Victims/survivors of family violence face more social isolation in general. Perpetrators have more tactics at their disposal when victims can’t easily get away from home and are mandated to isolate for their safety. Whilst government and family violence organisations are encouraging victims to seek help, the current lockdown, and isolation orders raise fears and concerns for victims/survivors—where the greatest danger is often in the home.
These social distancing requirements and stay-at-home orders make it even more difficult for domestic violence victims to seek help. If you’re a victim or know someone who is, help is available.
Victim/survivors need support during this time, and we need to refine our strategies to respond to new risk and create alternative safety plans.
Victims/survivors who live with an abusive partner, who live with coercive control – know the tactic of isolation well, and also know ways of managing their daily survival. COVID-19 and mandatory isolation (with an indeterminate timeframe) has created a context for more entrapment possibilities, blaming women for bring the virus home, keeping children from their mother, manipulation of finances.
This workshop will explore:
- family violence risk assessment within a crisis framework
- safety planning and exploring ways that victim/survivors manage their everyday lives, in the context of COVID-19
- ways of drawing upon integrated systems to respond to isolation & social entrapment, and risk and safety issues.