Mental health is already a huge issue in Australia with one in five Aussies aged 16-85 experiencing a mental illness in any year. Around 3,000 people die by suicide in Australia each year, making suicide the leading cause of death in Australia between people 15 – 44 and experts are warning suicide rates will continue to rise due to the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Domestic violence has also skyrocketed during the pandemic with one in ten women experiencing domestic violence, with two-thirds saying the attacks started or became worse when Covid hit. The government has also reported that searches via Google for domestic violence help have increased by 75%. And as of July 15th this year 30 women have been murdered in Australia by someone they were in a relationship with.
The Australian federal government has unveiled a 1.1-billion-dollar package to boost mental health services, domestic violence supports and emergency food relief. Initially the package has been rounded out to $150 million to help people experiencing family, domestic and sexual violence, $74 million towards mental health support and $200 million to help charities that provide food relief services.
Some of the above statistics might frighten you, and yes, they are confronting, but it’s incredible to see that the community, businesses and charities are starting to come together to support one and other by raising much needed funds to those who need them most and by normalising discussions around these sometimes taboo conversations.
Check in on your neighbours, your friends at work, this is a trying time for communities and society as a whole, and with more time spent in the family home this can be the catalyst for domestic violence. If you think someone might be in trouble reach out to 1800 – RESPECT for advice on how to deal with the situation.
Educate yourself, domestic violence doesn’t just extend to the burbs or to lower social economic homes, this is a real problem, in every suburb in every state. The team at Impact for Women have an amazing website full of stats, personal survivor stories plus a mired of ways you can help either by donating your time or money. We implore you to check it out…
Purchase from businesses that are donating profits to women and children who are escaping domestic violence just like these made to order woven blankets and throws from the team at Thinking Club. Women’s Community Shelters have seen a 25% increase in inquiries for safe accommodation for women and children who are homeless or escaping domestic violence. Existing services were already at full capacity, with more than 50% of women seeking shelter turned away due to a lack of beds.
Across Australia, around 56,000 women are homeless each night, many with young children. Now, there are many more. Women unable to access shelters are left vulnerable, disconnected from community and support networks. Women’s Community Shelters is dedicated to providing women and children with a safe place to stay and an opportunity to rebuild their lives. The Thinking Club will donate $50 from every sale to support the Women’s Community Shelters.
Stella is also supporting you how we know best, and that’s by covering your car in the event of a domestic dispute. If your partner deliberately damages your car, we’ll cover the cost of the damages, so you can focus on getting yourself and your family to a safe environment.
Look out for each other, ask how your neighbours are doing and educate yourself on the impacts of mental health and domestic violence within our communities. Together we can make a change.
For help with domestic abuse contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
And Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 for any mental health issues you may be facing.
Any advice provided is general advice and does not take your personal circumstances into consideration. Please consider the Stella product disclosure statement (PDS) available at stellainsurance.com.au for the terms, conditions, and exclusions before purchasing this insurance. Stella Underwriting (ABN 72 633 811 319) is an Authorised Representative (AR 001282046) of Allstate Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 82 073 267 053, AFSL 239010) which is acting under an agreement on behalf of the product issuer, QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035, AFSL 239545
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