A horrifying video of rugby star and boxer Debbie Kaore being beaten with a hot iron has been met with global disgust, as more Australian women report domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.
A new study released by Monash University has revealed an increasing number of Victorian women have been reporting domestic violence during the global health crisis.
More than half of the respondents reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had contributed to an increase in the frequency and severity of violence against women.
Nearly half of the practitioners (42 per cent) also said the pandemic had resulted in more women reporting family violence for the first time.
In many cases, perpetrators were using social distancing restrictions aimed at limiting the virus’s spread as an excuse to limit women’s movements.