As with the last level 4 lockdown there are concerns for the victims of family violence – the concern is that victims of family violence feel that they cannot leave their homes as we are currently under level 4 restrictions.
The message however is clear – if you are feeling unsafe or being exposed to any form of family violence it is ok to leave. Victims are able to remove themselves from the home and take their children. In the alternative, the police can be called – if it is an emergency 111 can be called followed by 55 ( where police then understand silence to mean an alert). Attached is a recent Stuff article that speaks of the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence – the Minister is clear – if you are unsafe you can leave your bubble. The attached article has some frightening statistics about the increase in Family Violence during the last lockdown.
It is vital that people know during this time that the police can still be called if the matter is urgent and you can also contact a lawyer to action a Protection Order. At level 4 all services that deal with Family Violence are deemed essential workers – so many agencies are still here to help.
Urgent protection orders can be applied for and if you have any queries or would like advice around this issue the Relationships team at Cavell Leitch is here to help. We are all working remotely and are available to prepare applications on an urgent basis, keeping our clients safe from any ongoing harm.