ANROWS webinar: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and family violence

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and family violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns about the ‘shadow pandemic’ of violence against women and their children. There is now a large body of research in Australia exploring the effects of the pandemic on violence against women and their children and, in particular, intimate partner violence (IPV). The research demonstrates that frontline services are responding to more complex matters, and that there are also increased barriers for victims and survivors both reporting IPV and seeking support.

This webinar will launch the publication of ANROWS research, Intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey of women in Australia, led by the Australian Institute of Criminology. This research represents the most comprehensive survey of women living in the Australian community about the nature of IPV experienced during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will unpack the findings of the study and its implications on future phases of the pandemic.

The panel will explore how services across the DFV, police, health and legal sectors responded during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss lessons learned as we approach the end of the second year of the pandemic. The panel will also discuss how the pandemic impacts children who live with domestic and family violence.

The webinar will provide evidence- and practice-based knowledge on policy reforms and practice design in future phases of the pandemic and other natural disasters.

The discussion will be facilitated by Michele Robinson (ANROWS) with:

  • Anthony Morgan, Research Manager, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Anne Hollonds, National Children’s Commissioner
  • Acting Superintendent Ben Martain, Commander of the Queensland Police Service Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command
  • Julie Zezovska, Director, Child Abuse and Family Violence Section, Department of Home Affairs

More presenters to be announced.

This webinar is designed for:

  • policymakers, practice design decision-makers, practitioners and researchers working in domestic and family violence, legal, justice, police, health and other relevant areas

There will be a live Q&A.

Live captioning will be available.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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