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No safe zone for domestic violence victims during COVID-19 lockdowns

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology say there is a ‘shadow pandemic’ of violence behind COVID-19 lockdowns with women and men trapped at home with abusive partners. It found two thirds of domestic family violence agencies are recording a surge in demand during the pandemic and half of their clients are reporting an increase in controlling and coercive behaviours. Trauma expert Judith Richards spoke to 11 News about the resilience of people and gives hope to those who are suffering by drawing on her own horrifying experiences.

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Women’s Crisis Line: 1800 811 811
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
Mensline: 1300 789 978
Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 131 114
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

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