Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Tania Farha said abused people faced more barriers to access support during lockdown.
“For example, finding a time and space where they were alone and could contact a service without their abuser knowing,” she said.
“Something we saw increase during the lockdowns was more people like friends and family reaching out to services about people they were concerned about.”
She said specialist family violence services adapted quickly to the pandemic, with many operating remotely, including crisis responses, emergency accommodation, case management, counselling and other services.
“It’s important that people know services are still operating during lockdowns and it’s lawful to leave home if you’re at risk of violence, at every level of restrictions,” she said.
Sydney Morning Herald