Dave chats with RMIT University Professor Supriya Singh. Professor Singh looks at how  COVID-19 has further entrapped women and children suffering family violence.

She says they are locked in with their abuser.“Economic fragility increases abuse while decreasing women’s options of surviving alone. “Economic abuse, often invisible, will become overwhelming.

“Migrant women experiencing family violence will be more vulnerable as their families overseas are unable to give them face-to face support.“Isolation, fear and entrapment are key elements of coercive control at the centre of family violence.

“Coercive control was criminalised in England and Wales in 2015 and in Ireland and Scotland in 2019 while Tasmania was one of the first states to criminalise Coercive control .

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COVID-19 has led to increased calls from women experiencing family violence. More worrying is the silence of women who are trapped.

“A tsunami of economic abuse reports by women threatens to flood services once they can safely seek help.