Evidence globally shows domestic family violence will escalate during this period of isolation gripping the country.
History shows the rates of domestic and family violence escalate in times of great stress like we are living in as they always do during times of natural disaster or significant economic and social distress.
Reports from China, France and the US have already shown domestic and family violences rates have doubled and in some places tripled due to the impact of COVID-19.
Tracking of data by Women's Safety NSW is already showing that is already happening.
All of the research shows, unequivocally, that the health impacts of domestic and family violence can last years, which means the call for a Trauma Recovery Centre is now more important than ever.
We need to be ready in the aftermath of this crisis to support those women who were not safe in their own homes.
In March we partnered with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre to launch our #RoadToRecovery campaign
The campaign is supporting the call for the establish of a leading Women's Trauma Recovery Centre
Our intention was to feature the campaign weekly before opening an exhibition of images of survivors taken by the Illawarra Mercury's own award-winning photographer Sylvia Liber.
While we've had to postpone the exhibition for now due to the coronavirus we'll still feature the campaign regularly over coming months.
Even so the #RoadToRecovery campaign continues online.
You can find out more via https://womenstraumacentre.wordpress.com/
There you can also sign the petition indicating your support.
You can also find the ;link to the social media platforms for the campaign and follow them.
Importantly over this period the Illawarra Women's Health Centre remains open at this time as an essential support service. You can contact them on 4255 6800.