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Domestic Violence Victoria chief Tania Farha says that while the number of survivors seeking help had spiked since the lockdown restrictions were introduced, services were available for those who need assistance.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, specialist family violence services have seen an increase in first-time reports, the violence has been more severe,” she says.

“People who choose to use violence are finding ways to use the pandemic to justify abusive and controlling behaviours. Isolating someone from family and friends is a very common tactic in family violence.

“The most important thing for people to know is that services are still operating, supports are available and it is lawful to leave home to escape violence – during all stages of restrictions.”

The Australian