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. Restrictions introduced to counter the spread of COVID-19 at different times globally have exacerbated the gap between domestic violence service demand and the availability and accessibility of support services for those experiencing and using domestic violence. As a consequence services were required to innovate in order to meet demand.
This webinar showcases the expertise of three leading researchers who have been engaged in driving improved understandings of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted experiences of gender based violence and service responses throughout 2020 and 2021. It will draw on research conducted in Australia, across the Indo Pacific Region and in the United Kingdom.