Staying safe from domestic and family violence during the coronavirus outbreak

The rise of coronavirus has impacted on many people in unexpected ways. For people already at risk of family violence, the need to self-isolate or distance themselves socially can put them at an even higher risk of harm. Now might be the time to engage in safety planning, or to help someone you think may be at risk.

Safety Planning

Safety planning involves planning tailored and specific strategies about how you (and any children) will stay safe in a particular situation. It is not about living in fear, but making realistic plans to take back control of your safety and life if you need to. Plans can be made to be safe in different environments, such as at home, at work, or in the car.

Some examples of safety plans can be found at:

Relationships Australia

Personal Safety Plan Template

If you need help making a safety plan, please call us on (07) 3252 0011 to make a telephone appointment with one of our family lawyers.

 

Where to get help

Lots of services already exist to help people in need. If it is safe for you to do so, please contact one of the existing services if you need advice, information, or safe alternative accommodation:

White Ribbon

DV Connect

If you are not sure if what you are experiencing is family violence, especially if the violence is not directly physical, then take a look at following list of behaviours covered by the Domestic and Family Violence  Protection Act 2012 (QLD):

  • injuring you or threatening to injure you – punching, strangling you, grabbing your throat, pushing, slapping, pulling your hair or twisting your arms
  • repeatedly calling, SMS texting or emailing you, or contacting you on your social networking site without your consent
  • damaging (or threatening to damage) your property, eg punching holes in the walls or breaking plates
  • stalking or following you or remaining outside your house or place of work
  • monitoring you (unauthorised surveillance) including reading your text messages, your email account, your internet browser history, your social networking site
  • putting you down or making racial taunts
  • holding you against your will
  • forcing you to engage in sexual activities without your consent
  • getting someone else to injure, intimidate, harass or threaten you, or damage your property
  • threatening to commit suicide or self-harm to scare you
  • threatening you with the death or harm of another person
  • threatening to withdraw their care of you if you don’t do something
  • coercing you to give them your social security payments
  • forcing you to sign a power of attorney to them against your will so that they manage your finances
  • threatening to disclose your sexual orientation to your friends or family without your consent
  • preventing you from making or keeping connections with your family, friends or culture, including cultural or spiritual ceremonies or practices.

For more information about Protection Orders, including how to get one, go to –

Queensland Courts, or

Legal Aid Queensland

How to help someone else

Click here

If you need to talk to a lawyer about domestic and family violence, please call us on 3252 0011.

 

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