Locked at home – 3 meals a day – haven’t been to work in 2 weeks – you need a break from the children, hell you even need a break from your partner!
For many Australian couples this is an unprecedented perfect storm of social and financial strain on their relationship. Families are struggling without the normalcy of school, without stable incomes and with the prospect of 90 more days of quarantine (?!?!?!).
The top 2 causes of stress to the everyday Australian, as reported by the Australian Psychological Society, are financial issues and personal issues. The effect of Covid-19 on employment, share holdings and property prices coupled with keeping parents and children at home are exacerbating these two key causes of stress.
It is also recognised that personal stress, financial stress and a lack of social support are the strongest correlates of family violence. The conclusion that can be drawn is that Covid-19 will likely result in an increase in the incidents of family violence.
So, what is family violence? Leaving aside the physical elements, family violence includes:
- Repeated derogatory taunts; or
- intentionally causing death or injury to an animal; or
- unreasonably denying the family member the financial autonomy that he or she would otherwise have had; or
- unreasonably withholding financial support needed to meet the reasonable living expenses of the family member, or his or her child, at a time when the family member is entirely or predominantly dependent on the person for financial support; or
- preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with his or her family, friends or culture; or
- unlawfully depriving the family member, or any member of the family member’s family, or his or her liberty.
When money is tight, and we are mandated to stay at home it is important to ensure you and your children are free from the terrible impacts of family violence.
If you are exposed to any of the above, please contact Tiyce & Lawyers immediately for assistance (after ensuring your physical safety by calling the Police!).
We are here when you need us.