Family sexual abuse rates are soaring during the pandemic, damning new figures show

Domestic Violence Victoria told the inquiry that “opportunities for perpetrators to isolate, monitor and control victim-survivors have exponentially increased’’ as a result of lockdowns. “At the same time, many protective factors, such as contact with family and friends and the ability to leave the home and family violence to go to work, school or access child care, have all but vanished,’’ it stated. “The closure of businesses and loss of jobs over an extended period of time, has meant that these risk factors for family violence during this disaster are likely to be more acute.’’

The West Australian