DFV Policy & Practice Initiatives in Response to COVID-19

DFV Policy & Practice Initiatives in Response to COVID-19

Across the world, the risks of experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) have increased due to restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. While a number of policy initiatives and innovative practices have emerged to address these heightened risks, not much is known about their impact.

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has been working in partnership with the University of Melbourne on DAHLIA-19, an international research study exploring domestic and family violence service provision – and in particular, innovative practice – in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the DAHLIA-19 study, ANROWS and the University of Melbourne have collected and analysed data on Australian responses to DFV, both directly through specialist services and more broadly through allied sectors. The study will amalgamate findings from all four countries to influence approaches to future pandemics and disasters in terms of responses for victims and survivors, children and perpetrators living with DFV.

More information and research report download.


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