SECASA continues to provide family violence support during COVID- 19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it is likely that social distancing measures will have a direct impact on women and children experiencing family violence.
During this time, South East Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) is continuing to support new and existing clients with services such as family violence and sexual assault counselling support, risk assessment and safety planning, as well as referrals and linkages to other support services.
Katherine Dowson, Director of SECASA, says rates of family violence increase after emergency and natural disaster situations.
Financial insecurity, unemployment, increased stress, and limited access to supports and social networks such as schools and other services have increased the risk of family violence for many women and children. This has also reduced their ability to leave violent situations.
With many families spending most of their time at home with perpetrators of family violence, this may allow for additional tactics to be used to isolate and control victims and survivors. It is important for people who are experiencing family violence to know that family violence is never ok, no matter the circumstances or situation, and that support services remain open and available to assist.
Contact SECASA on 9594 2289 between 8.30am and 5.30pm.
Crisis support is available via 1800RESPECT and Safe Steps 1800 015 188. As always, if you are in immediate danger, call 000.
If you want help identifying and responding to family violence within the health service, the Monash Health family violence clinical guideline is found on prompt.
Approved by Katherine Dowson & Katrina Nankervis