COVID created chaos at the start of the year, it is hard to believe that it is already September, and that we all still have access to toilet paper!   The initial lockdown and adaptations we have made have soon become the new norm and it is hard to think that we will have to go back to the hustle and bustle of ‘real’ life.   Back to peak-hour traffic, ferrying kids to this that and the other. Spending more time away from family and becoming more focused on work, deadlines and appointments. How did we ever do it before lockdown?

The intimidating realisation that succumbed with the Premier’s announcement of another six-week hard lockdown seemed to ripple across the State. As many were out and about adjusting to the new normal of wearing masks and donning hand sanitiser upon entry into shops and supermarkets, the stark reality of our situation in Melbourne hit us with full force, and did the lockdown boredom!

Sadly, family violence often increases after emergency and natural disasters. Based on these experiences, we can anticipate that incidences of family violence will also increase during the outbreak of Covid-19. This is due to isolation, stress, financial insecurity, housing insecurity and periods of quarantine together. However, family violence is never ok, no matter the circumstances or the situation.