Family and Domestic Violence – Being Safe in your home during quarantine or lockdown
Due to COVID-19, people may need to stay in their home due to a lockdown because of an outbreak in the community or due to a quarantine because a family member has tested positive to COVID-19. In some locations, there may be reduced services due to movement restrictions or staff shortages. This can cause difficulties for some families as they try to meet their responsibilities while they are feeling unwell or are worried about their situation or feeling uncertain about the future. Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) can continue to occur during this time and may even increase in severity and frequency.
Please find below some information you can use to help you if you are experiencing family violence, or you are using, or are at risk of using, violence in the home.
What is family and domestic violence?
Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) refers to violence or threats of violence, or any of a range of behaviours undertaken by a person towards their family member, including partners and children, that coerces or controls the family member or causes fear.
More information about FDV can be found on the following websites.
Support for keeping safe from others in your home in lockdown or quarantine
Are you worried about experiencing family and domestic violence from someone in your home during lockdown or quarantine?
· If you need immediate help, or you are in danger, call 000.
· Trust yourself, your instincts, and judgements when you make decisions about safety for you and your children.
· Work with someone to help you create a safety plan.
· Remember, it is always the responsibility of the person causing harm to stop the violence.
· Also remember that you are strong, and everyone deserves a good life and to feel safe in their home.
If you need more information or support to help you stay safe from others in your home during lockdown or quarantine, there are many resources available to you.
· You can find support services for your local area using the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing service directory
· Stopping Family Violence has created a brochure which includes some suggestions of things you can do to stay more safe from others in your home during a lockdown or quarantine
· Relationships Australia WA have developed a Tip Sheet for women living with family and domestic violence during COVID-19
Other information on what you can do if you are experiencing FDV:
· Centrecare – Top Ten Tips
· No To Violence – helpful resources
· Specialist FDV services at Relationships WA
· Communicare – women’s support services
· Women’s Legal Service WA – guide to creating a safety plan
· You can call the following numbers, where someone can assist you
o Women’s DV Line (WA): (08) 9223 1188 or 1800 007 339 1800
o 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732
o Crisis Care 24/7 (WA): (08) 9223 1111
o DVassist: 1800 080 083
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Support for being safe to others in your home during lockdown or quarantine
Are you worried about causing harm to others in your home during lockdown? Does someone else have worries that your behaviour or violence is causing harm to others? Do you need some advice on what you can do differently to help with the safety and wellbeing of your family? If you feel like you are controlling someone, or you feel you might harm someone or yourself, or you are feeling too angry, there are things you can do.
· Remember, you are responsible for your words and actions towards others.
· Also remember that everyone deserves a good life and to feel safe in their home.
· You can find ways to stay mentally and physically healthy.
· If you are controlling someone, or feel you might harm someone or yourself, you should act quickly to calm yourself, distract yourself and seek some support from a counsellor.
· Try to prepare a plan in advance for what to do if you feel you might harm someone or yourself.
If you need information on how to be safe to others in your home during lockdown or quarantine, there are many resources available to you.
· You can find support services for your local area using the CWSW service directory
· Stopping Family Violence has created a brochure with suggestions of things you can do to avoid causing harm to others in your home during a lockdown or quarantine
· Relationships Australia WA Tip Sheet supporting men: domestic and family violence response
Other information and services for people who use violence.
· Communicare – Men’s Support Services
· Centrecare – top 10 tips when men want to stop being abusive
· No To Violence – Get Help Page
· Stopping Family Violence – (SFV)
General support for families living and working from home during COVID-19
· Relationships Australia WA have developed resources to support families working from home during COVID-19
· Centrecare have tip sheets for improving your relationships