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What governments can do about the increase in family violence due to coronavirus

O'Donnell, M., Shlonsky, A., Mathews, B., Arney, F., Stanley, F., Bromfield, L., Pilkington, R. and Marriott, R.ORCID: 0000-0002-6037-2565 (2020) What governments can do about the increase in family violence due to coronavirus. The Conversation, April 8 .

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Tackling a health crisis such as COVID-19, with society in lockdown can’t help but place families under strain.

It’s been reported family violence notifications to police nearly tripled in some areas of China’s Hubei province (where SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 originated) during the lockdown in February.

Some family violence organisations in Australia are already reporting a rise in demand for services.

The federal government recently announced A$1.1 billion for mental health services, domestic violence support and Medicare assistance for people at home, and emergency food relief. This support is welcome but more practical and creative measures are also required to protect vulnerable families.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Ngangk Yira Research Centre
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
Copyright: © 2020 The Conversation Media Group Ltd
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