Advanced search

Austrian government loosens lock down somewhat for the explicit reason of a noticable rise in domestic violence.

(23 Posts)
deepwatersolo Sat 21-Mar-20 10:17:16

Just that. They apparently saw a significant rise in DV cases right after lockdown with many couples/families at home together 24/7, and gave this as the explicit reason, why they were loosening the rules somewhat, just a couple of days in. I sure wonder whether that will be near enough to protect vulnerable women. (Actually I know the answer).
It is all very bleak.

OP’s posts: |
DontBuyLangClegCashmere Sat 21-Mar-20 10:23:31

Increase in DV was one of the first things I thought of last weekend when they canceled lots of sports fixtures. There was some stat out during the football world cup that when England lose DV goes up, and I just thought oh god, this is going to be horrific...

DidoLamenting Sat 21-Mar-20 10:24:56

This is so obvious, isn't it.

My husband is a lovely man and we have been together 35 years. We were both however still dreading being told we might have to work from home and so far have avoided it.

I know if we are in lock down in a spacious flat with our own garden we will probably still end up snapping at each other. How much worse it will be for many women.

HorseRadishFemish Sat 21-Mar-20 10:41:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ScrimpshawTheSecond Sat 21-Mar-20 11:30:42


Jocasta2018 Sat 21-Mar-20 11:47:46

Does anyone know if Women's Refuges are staying open?

GoodStuffAnnie Sat 21-Mar-20 11:49:50

So sad. ☹️ I feel awful for so many reasons why I women.

GoodStuffAnnie Sat 21-Mar-20 11:50:27

What that came out wrong. I feel so sad for women.

Thelnebriati Sat 21-Mar-20 12:06:47

Jocasta2018 They intend to stay open, and are making plans for people who need to isolate because they have symptoms.

Butterymuffin Sat 21-Mar-20 12:07:38

How depressing. sad

Thelnebriati Sat 21-Mar-20 12:09:47

OP do you have a link for this? I can't find it on google. I've tried Austria and Australia.

AnotherMurkyDay Sat 21-Mar-20 12:18:49

Women's refuges will have to stay open. The women and children already in them usually have nowhere else to go. I'm not sure how they will manage social isolating and new residents though, seems like a recipe for disaster especially as most have shared facilities

Aesopfable Sat 21-Mar-20 12:26:07

It is stuff like this which makes me wonder if lockdown is a good idea. Yes immediate deaths from Covid will reduce but taking everything into consideration I wonder how many excess deaths there would actually be compared to the long term effects of lockdown (including by horrendously impacting the economy for years to come -> austerity for decades). Of course it would be politically impossible to say ‘we are letting 500000 deaths happen now because if we consider a ten year time span it will only work out as a few thousand more and the cost of those is too high to justify’.

Elieza Sat 21-Mar-20 12:37:22

My first thought sadly was that there would be an increase in dv almost immediate and babies being born (in 9 months obv).

R0wantrees Sat 21-Mar-20 14:46:59

'I'm Forced To Be Trapped With Him': For A Domestic Violence Victim, Self-Isolation Is Life Threatening
As the government is encouraging social distancing and self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, domestic violence groups are concerned about what this could mean for victims.

"The link between isolation and domestic violence"
Isolation is already a tactic used by many perpetrators of domestic violence, within a pattern of physical, emotional, economic, psychological and/or sexual abuse. There are already indications that the pandemic has increased rates of domestic abuse in other countries. Incidents in China skyrocketed after a lockdown was introduced, with the number of cases recorded by one non-profit almost doubling since it began, according to local reports.

'Having to stay at home can give abusers more opportunity to control and restrict women's activities and freedoms,' says Andrea Simon, from the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

Stephanie says the abuse is more frequent when she is alone in the house, especially for concentrated periods.

'When he's around other people, he's the most charismatic, charming person. In private, he scares me. We were alone together for a few years in a different city and that's where the bulk of the abuse happened.' (continues)

How to access help during self-isolation or quarantine
As it stands, helplines and accommodation-based services remain open and refuges are 'preparing for women and children contracting the virus whilst living there – ensuring they can self-isolate from other residents,' Women’s Aid says.

Some charities, such as Women for Refugee Women, have stopped or partially limited face-to-face support to protect their vulnerable women, while shifting to new ways of working – including providing their service over the phone, online, by text or by email.

'Refuge wants to reassure those experiencing abuse that they are not alone. Our services remain open and we have contingency plans in place for all of our services, including refuges, community-based services and the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge,' says Horley. The Helpline has an online contact form, with additional support resources available for survivors, friends and family.

Those at risk can still connect with local Women’s Aid services, and the charity is continuing to support survivors directly through online means including its Live Chat, Survivors Handbook and Survivors Forum.

Meanwhile, Chayn provides online support for victims, advice on online safety, mental wellbeing, law and finance. The service will be sharing daily tips through a webchat to advise survivors on collecting evidence and staying safe from surveillance.

It’s vital at this critical time to check in with family or friends who may be at risk, says a spokesperson for Hestia, a charity that provides services for victims. 'Advice and support can be found on Hestia’s Bright Sky app to those experiencing domestic abuse and for those concerned about someone they know.'

If you feel powerless and want to help services under strain, you can donate to always donate to any of these charities too."

Women's Aid tweet :

"Reassured to see ‘charities and workers delivering key frontline services’ are included & will be asking for clarity for VAWG sector today"

Freedom Programme

flowers solidarity & strength to all those impacted.

thread with resources:

feelingverylazytoday Sat 21-Mar-20 17:21:51

This is very sad. I bet it affects a lot of kids as well.

nicenewdusters Sat 21-Mar-20 17:28:18

Agree Lazy . I know of at least one pair of siblings going to school next week under the classification of "vulnerable". Their father is a violent, racist homophobe, "he's the full package" as his child told me. School staff are forbidden from ever being in the same room with him alone. Imagine what that household is like.

R0wantrees Sat 21-Mar-20 17:48:06

This is very sad. I bet it affects a lot of kids as well.

Yes a lot of children will be losing places & people who provide important respite & support from the very difficult pressures/risks at home.

Doobigetta Sat 21-Mar-20 18:00:54

Completely agree with you, Aesopsfable.

GinnyLane Sat 21-Mar-20 19:04:46

Sadly, this has always been the case during Old Firm matches, it is a well-known Scottish phenomenon.

It is not surprising that locking the abused with their abuser results in further abuse. The only hope I have is that it highlights to people just how vulnerable their family and friends might be, and that they can help them leave when possible and safe.

stumbledin Sat 21-Mar-20 19:44:01

On the thread about whether DV workers should be key workers I have posted the link to the joint statement from the 4 UK Women's Aid Federations. This has the link to the services available.

Worth sharing with anyone who you think might need it as it has everything in one place.

Also, but not sure if this isn't just London, Imkaan have compiled a list of support for women from BAME communities.

Women needing support aren't going to be able or wont to scroll through endless threads.

Refuges have not closed as far as I am aware, but as prior to this, many women were not able to find space because cuts have led to closure.

The Domestic Violence Helpline Coordinates bed spaces and the DV comminssioner has confirmed that DV workers are considered key workers.

In the US the National DV helpline has posted a notice saying that with the level of demand women who dont fee safe should leave and live in their car(?) or a motel. sad

deepwatersolo Sun 22-Mar-20 11:47:27

Does anyone know if Women's Refuges are staying open?

In Austria yes, they stay open.

OP’s posts: |
deepwatersolo Sun 22-Mar-20 11:58:05

A previous poster asked for a link, it is from a live ticker:

'Man darf noch mit Öffis zum Spaziergang
Frage an Ludwig: Darf man nun mit Öffis zum Spazierengehen oder nicht? (Da gab es in den vergangenen Tagen ja unterschiedliche Auffassungen.)
Antwort: Ja, darf man. Auch in Hinblick darauf, dass es schon zum Teil zu einem Anstieg der häuslichen Gewalt gekommen sei.'

The government has also readied a package to combat DV in light of the corona crisis. But I haven't seen a price tag.

They stress that violent partners will be removed irrespective of the quarantine.

OP’s posts: |

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Join Mumsnet

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in