Webinar on understanding and responding to domestic violence during COVID-19

16 Jun 2020


The number of domestic and family violence victims seeking urgent assistance during the COVID-19 lockdown has increased as many are isolated at home with their perpetrators.

While long-term prevention is needed for Australia to combat domestic violence, experts warn that as COVID-19 restrictions ease, there is grave concern that numbers of victims may increase.
Now more than ever, governments, workplaces and communities must remain committed to an ongoing and considered approach to prevent violence against women and their children – but what practical actions can our workplaces take?
At this event, DCA's Chair David Morrison AO and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Annese have a candid conversation about the problem with three guest speakers:

  • Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch
  • Inez Carey, 1800RESPECT Clinical Engagement Manager, and
  • Richard Deutsch, CEO Deloitte Australia.

They discussed:

  • What abuse might look like during the COVID-19 crisis,
  • What organisations can do to support at-risk employees,
  • Strategies that organisations are putting in place to make a difference, and
  • Useful resources available to workplaces, managers and staff.

Event Reviews

"I am a Family Advisor with relationships Australia-I was fortunate enough to join the Covid 19 Response webinar yesterday- it was really excellent and I really found it very helpful. So well presented and such great speakers!!" - Deirdre Geary, Family Advisor, Relationships Australia

“Congratulations on yesterday's session - the time just flew by. I really enjoyed hearing from Our Watch and 1800RESPECT in what was very practical and translatable for the workplace. Every time I attend a session on DFV I am learning something new, so many nuances and individual insights.” - Catherine McNair, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, QBE Insurance Australia Pacific

"I think the information being covered so far is very high quality.   The most light that can be brought to bare on uncomfortable topics in our workplace and society the better. I will be sharing the content provided from this event with my extended Team." - Anon, Event participant

"Really appreciated the practical tips on how to listen and respond to someone who discloses.  It was pitched at the right level for those of us who are not professional counsellors but are participants in workplaces." - Anon, Event participant

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