Fear of being punished for breaking their bubble saw domestic abuse victims at home despite the threat of a final lockdown – because security messages had not arrived.
The women told social workers they were “very upset and scared” during the Level Four lockdown last March, not only because of the threat to find the abuser, but also because they thought They may be arrested or released by community members. .
A. Report of the Human Rights Commission On the effect of Covid-19 And fears of an increase in domestic violence against women spread to potential abusers – who told agencies they had places to go but did not leave because of the risk of arrest.
This time, the agencies are pushing the message that it is okay to leave victims and their children, with the expectation that violence will escalate again as lockdown increases tensions and gives victims access to the outside world. Eliminates
* 19: Victims of Domestic Violence Can Struggle for Help in Organized Loneliness
* Extra coveted and Christmas pressure adds domestic violence to the melting pot.
* The women’s rights commissioner said lessons learned from domestic violence during the Cove 19 lockdown should be implemented.
“We know that domestic violence and sexual violence increase in times of crisis, including loneliness,” said Marama Davidson, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence.
“It’s important to remember that you don’t have to live in your own house or bubble if you have an unsafe environment.”
He said that domestic violence and sexual violence services are essential services in response to Cove 19, and agencies are ready and available to help.
Violence against women and children, the disabled, the elderly and the infirm has escalated worldwide as a result of Covid 19, which has given rise to the term “shadow epidemic.”
Statistics show that in the first New Zealand lockdown of 2020, there were. 654 reports of domestic violence. Presented to police the day after the 2020 announcement – the second record after the notorious New Year’s violence.
During Level 4 to Level 2, the number of incidents of family loss ranged from 345 to 645 per day, compared to 271 and 478 in the same period in 2019.
Later, a University of Otago study found that 9% of New Zealanders completed an online survey that found they had experienced some type of family loss directly during the lockdown period. This includes sexual assault, physical assault, or harassment and threatening behavior.
Toh Ninist, a group representing about 40 expert NGOs, reported an increase in cases of strangulation and sexual violence, and increased demand for their services at every level of lockdown.
Agencies say that even in New Zealand, the figures do not reflect the real impact.
Most violence is not reported, as victims cannot use phones or computers unless their abusers see them. Children in particular do not have equal access to schools or other support systems.
To combat this, agencies have trained supermarket and pharmacy staff to recognize signs of abuse. Additional resources were also provided, such as posters and information cards, including details of a specialist helpline, and how to get emergency help from the police.
But beyond the immediate dangers of physical violence, there are long-term psychological effects.
The commission’s report said that “during the lockdown, women suffered psychological distress in order to reduce the situation to keep their children safe and to ‘maintain peace’.”
“As a result, these women reported depression, high levels of anxiety and severe feelings of loneliness during and after the lockdown.”
Some of the reasons when young children need to go to the supermarket include lack of family support, lack of face-to-face contact and social interaction, lack of proper heating and clothing and contact with parents themselves.
“The above has contributed to a lack of confidence, a sense of hopelessness, a sense of loss and a lack of self-confidence.”
Women’s Rights Commissioner Sonomali Karnina Somio. Has already been emphasized Get in touch with people who are known to struggle, including those who are old or disabled and can’t even give up – keep in mind they can see abusers.
However, she is concerned that the police are checking the well-being of the houses instead of entering the house.
“The conversation at the front door is very different from the inside.” He hoped that the police would perform better this time.
During Level 4, frontline police personnel at homes were reminded to keep their eyes open for signs of family damage, a police spokesman said.
“It means finding stress, such as financial difficulties, controlling behavior, signs of property damage, and anything else that could lead to family damage / violence,” he said.
“Frontline police are also provided with guidance on the use of PPE at the alert level and an ongoing threat assessment, which may affect their decision to enter the home.”
Victims can call 111, then push 55, where police interpret silence as a warning.
There was help for anyone who was worried about their behavior, such as helplines like 0800 HEYBRO.
Many other services can also be contacted silently, such as the chat service on the Shine website, and the Women’s Refugee Shield site.
Eng Jury, chief executive of Women’s Refugees, said it had 40 affiliated and dozens of non-affiliated refugees open.
Breaking Silence is New Zealand’s only web series dedicated to highlighting the many faces of domestic abuse in Aotearoa. Made with magnetic images for things and in collaboration with New Zealand On Air. See series 1 and 2. stuff.co.nz/breakingsilence.
Where to get help for domestic violence.
- Women’s Shelter 0800 733 843 (Women only)
- Shine Free call 0508 744 633 24/7 (for men and women)
- 1737, need to talk? Free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained consultant.
- Kids line. 0800 54 37 54 for people up to 18 years. Open 24/7.
- What’s going on 0800 942 8787 (for children 5 to 18 years old). Phone consultations are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. and on weekends, from 3 to 11 p.m. Online chat is available daily from 3 to 10 p.m.
- Youth Line. 0800 376 633, free text 234, email. [email protected], Or find online chat and other support options. Here.
- Call 111 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
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