Increase in ambulance call-outs fuels fresh family violence concerns

The incidents of family violence and violence related injuries has continued to rise as a result of the pandemic despite the relaxation of restrictions.

Recent data released by the Crime Statistic Agency reveals that there has been a significant increase in family violence related ambulance attendances compared to the same time last year.

In addition, Victorian public hospital emergency departments also recorded an increase in the number attended because of family violence related incidents.

People are finding ways to use the pandemic to justify abusive and controlling behavior. If you are being abused or being controlled by your partner, or being subjected to any form of family violence, and are in immediate risk, call the police on 000.

We specialise in all areas of family violence and can help you by providing you with advice and representation. You can call our New Client Hotline on 8600 6080, or call our Out of Hours Family Law Advice line on 0424 694 124.

For other help call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817. The Men’s Referral Service is on 1300 766 491.