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Family/Domestic Violence and COVID-19

We know right now with the current restrictions that many people are at home with their families for a lot more time than usual. You, your family or your partner are likely to be working or studying from home. While this can have some great benefits, we also know this can put some young people at risk when emotions and behaviours can be amplified during this unusual time.  

If you are experiencing conflict, or are concerned about family or relationship abuse or violence during COVID-19

Please check out this link: https://www.yacvic.org.au/blog/covid-19-family-and-domestic-violence

It will give you information on:

  • the signs of family and/or relationship abuse or violence
  • what to do if you are experiencing family or relationship abuse or violence
  • a list of resources and contacts

You can also see this detailed guide to being in self-isolation, safety planning, and supporting yourself or someone else at risk of relationship abuse or violence: https://www.1800respect.org.au/help-and-support/self-isolation-and-covid-19

If you'd prefer to speak to someone: 

  • call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to speak with someone. You can also chat online 24/7. They can provide some support and help find crisis accommodation or a refuge if you need it.
  • call 1800 015 188 for safe steps Family Violence Response Centre

If you want tips on dealing with family conflict, check out this great resource from Headspace: Family Conflict Factsheet.pdf(pdf 871kb)

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If you need tips on managing being contained at home with your family, housemates or partner during this time

You may not be at risk of family or relationship violence, but you may still be worried about how you'll cope if people start to get on each other's nerves. Check out this resource with tips from the red cross:

https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/covid-19/covid-19-and-family-conflict

It will help you to:

  • Anticipate how you might respond to the stress
  • Identify your feelings and thoughts and the impact they have
  • Manage your feelings and thoughts

As always, if you'd like to talk, our youth support service is here to help you. Click below for more information:

http://www.maroondahyouth.com.au/Support-for-Young-People