Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time for all of us to speak up about domestic violence, raise awareness, and support survivors of this devastating but common issue.
Domestic and Family Violence isn’t always physical, it can be Financial, Emotional or Technology Abuse, there are many different forms of Domestic or Family Violence however they are all used to control a person and their actions.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it is present in every community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or nationality.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying lock-downs, social distancing, and other mitigation measures have only exacerbated domestic violence. Historically, domestic violence has increased during pandemics and economic crises, both of which we are experiencing right now, and this time is no different. Worldwide, incidences of domestic violence are increasing while the usual escapes for survivors – shelters, police restraining orders, friends and family, and others may not be accessible now due to fears of contracting and/or spreading the virus, social distancing, and limited services.
During May, Protective Group recognises Domestic Violence Prevention Month, where we raise community awareness of the social and personal impact of domestic and family violence.
Domestic and family violence as an issue has gained increasing media attention and public awareness. We continue to see accounts in the media which put a spotlight on the violence women still face in their day-to-day lives. We have also seen some national policy commitments responding to calls from people across Australia to take action.
While it is encouraging to see this critical and widespread problem start to emerge from the shadows, it is unacceptable that domestic and family violence remains at such high levels in Australia.
The statistics are still alarming. One woman a week and one man a month in Australia dies due to domestic and family violence. We also know that 16% of women (1.5 million) and 5.9% of men (528,8010) have experienced violence from a partner since they were 15.*
*Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Personal safety, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 4906.0, Canberra: ABS, accessed at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/4906.0
During May Protective Group will be launching a number of new projects with our current Domestic Violence agency partners- Wayss and The Salvation Army.
Protective Group were privileged to be involved in the filming of this “See What You Made Me Do” and bringing to light the true frontline fight against Domestic and Family Violence, the three-part series begins Wednesday 5th May 2021 on SBS.
Throughout May 2021 we will be highlighting what we have achieved in the last decade to improve safety for Domestic Violence Victim Survivors and what we need to do into the next decade- our work is far from done.
Protective Group has a number of strategic partnerships with leading Domestic and Family Violence Services, and Technology partners throughout Australia.
We value our partnerships at Protective Group, we take pride in delivering quality, client-focused safety services from start to finish, regardless of how complex the situation may be.
Ultimately, our top priority is to ensure our clients feel safe, informed and secure at all times.
Through May 2021 we are hosting both live streaming and on-location training on Domestic Violence- After a decade of working on the frontline fight against DV we bring our education from experience.
Our training covers all aspects of awareness around the types of abuse we witness each day with a particular focus on Technology abuse.
Right now across Australia, there are thousands of individuals, families and organisations that are the victims of various types of abuse, be it Physical, Emotional or Technology- there are many forms of abuse.
Visit our Safety Tips page to find tips on how you can break the cycle of abuse and remain safe in your home, transport and mobile devices.
A victim survivor tells their story. With courage, strength, and a little help, they are now a fierce survivor with a story to tell.