Domestic abusers withold food, medicine during pandemic



Domestic Violence Victoria acting policy unit manager Alison Birchall said perpetrators are using the pandemic to prevent victims from leaving home.

In the worst cases offenders are threatening to expose children to COVID-19 to control their partners.

“An extension of that is perpetrators controlling medication and health documents and financial support like Medicare or bank cards so victims don’t have options for escaping,” Ms Birchall said…. Ms Birchall said it was harder for victims to seek help or escape with more perpetrators in the home….Ms Birchall said one positive development to emerge from the crisis was an increase in calls by friends, family and neighbours to family violence support services.

Herald Sun
22/7/20