• Patricia Galea

Empowering victims of domestic violence in the wake of COVID-19

On average, 17 adults every day are hospitalised due to assault by a partner or family member (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Along with the stress of being confined in our homes we are experiencing an unsettling increase in instances of family violence perpetrated against both men and women. Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, and it does not discriminate against young or old, rich or poor, gender, ethnicity or religion. It is predicted that for every three months lock down continues an additional 15 million cases of domestic violence will occur worldwide (Source: UN populations fund). There is no shame in being a victim. Abuse is never okay!

Have you or a loved one been affected by domestic violence?

You may be eligible to make a free Victims of Crime Compensation claim. These claims are a Victorian State Government initiative, providing a mechanism of support for those who have been victim of violence.

By undertaking an application, we may be able to seek a range of services including but not limited to: medical expenses, counselling expenses, safety expenses.

Further, our team understand the immense financial impact domestic violence can have upon an individual. We may seek on your loss of income if you have been unable to work as a result of the violence and special financial assistance as recognition of your pain and suffering.

It is to be acknowledged that claims may also be applied under children’s names. Arguably domestic violence may have an immense impact on your child’s development. Children too, demonstrate mental health challenges from being exposed to or from directly experiencing violence in the home. Our compassionate team appreciate and understand this and may be able to assist in getting your child the assistance they need and rightfully deserve.

Do not suffer in silence. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! At Galea & Faustin Solicitors we are proud to provide confidential legal services, empowering victims, supporting, giving a voice to the silenced and hope to the hopeless. Our experienced team are conscious of the delicateness and profound impact domestic violence can have which are both lasting physical and psychological impacts. We thrive in achieving the best outcome for our clients.

Contact us today to begin your free claim assessment | 03 8769 5670

Other useful resources:

1800respect: 1800 737 732 (24 hours)

MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 (24 hours)

Life line: 13 11 14

Emergency Services: 000

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