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Responding to women experiencing domestic and family violence during the COVID‐19 pandemic_ Exploring experiences and impacts of remote service delivery in Australia.pdf (1.14 MB)

Responding to women experiencing domestic and family violence during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Exploring experiences and impacts of remote service delivery in Australia

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posted on 2022-11-08, 03:07 authored by Naomi Pfitzner, Kate Fitz‐Gibbon, Silke MeyerSilke Meyer
The COVID-19 health pandemic has increased women's vulnerability to all forms of domestic and family violence (DFV). In the first weeks of March 2020, most Australian states and territories, like many other jurisdictions, entered into a period of government-directed restrictions including stay-at-home orders, physical distancing limitations and closure of a significant number of community services. With more people confined to their homes, the risk of DFV increased at the same time as access to support services was reduced. In this article, we present the findings of two surveys conducted in the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland to explore the professional experiences of practitioners supporting women experiencing violence during the pandemic. Our analysis offers new insights into the ways in which practitioners pivoted their services to respond remotely to women experiencing violence and the challenges of effectively undertaking safety planning and risk assessment without face-to-face contact. The second half of this article examines the implications of remote service delivery on practitioner mental health and well-being. The findings have global relevance and reveal the critical need to prioritize well-being supports for DFV practitioners in crisis response plans.

History

Volume

27

Issue

1

Start Page

30

End Page

40

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1365-2206

ISSN

1356-7500

Publisher

Wiley

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2021-07-15

Author Research Institute

  • Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Child and Family Social Work

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