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COVID-19 DFV Summit

On 8 April 2020, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer announced the staging of a virtual COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Summit.

The virtual Summit was held on Wednesday 6 May 2020 and brought together experts, organisations and key stakeholders in Queensland’s domestic and family violence (DFV) sector to share ideas on how to support DFV victims through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its goal was to clearly identify the impacts of COVID-19 and the solutions we need to put in place to make a difference to DFV victims.

In its virtual format, it was the first of its kind in Australia and was a cornerstone of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

COVID-19 has created a set of challenges for DFV victims that are far over and above those that they already experience, not the least of which are the effects of being in social isolation with perpetrators at home, against a backdrop of possible loss of employment, financial pressures and general anxiety about the future.

The Queensland Government has responded with an immediate injection of funds to help service providers address a spike in demand and a continued need to provide critical support during and after the pandemic. This extra funding will also help raise awareness of the help and support services available to Queenslanders experiencing DFV.

However, we need to do more to address the complexities of a COVID-19 world for DFV victims.

Online survey

Every Queenslander was encouraged to have their say and contribute to the findings from the virtual Summit by participating in an online survey.

The survey closed on 29 May 2020. As soon as results have been collated, survey outcomes will be published on this page.

Contact

Please email any questions relating to the Summit to partnerships@csyw.qld.gov.au.