What happens when staying at home during the COVID-19 lockdown isn’t safe? This is the reality facing thousands of women, children and men right now.
Since the first Covid-19 lockdowns in Australia, searches on domestic violence are up 75% and services including 1800-Respect, Mensline and the Men's Referral Service report 37% more calls from those in crisis*.
On Good Friday, New Zealand police released statistics showing an immediate 20% uplift in cases after lockdowns began. In Christchurch, the family violence agency Aviva reported a 22% increase in reported incidents**.
In the U.K., figures reveal the highest number of killings in 11 years, nearly 100 arrests a day in London for domestic abuse offences, a 49% rise in calls to national abuse helpline and over 17% more calls to Men's Advice Line in the first week of lockdown***.
Helping our customers to achieve efficiency savings is our overall objective – we’re here to transform service delivery, ROI and governance after all. We’re justifiably proud that our software makes a difference. But hearing that our software is ‘a literal lifesaver’ brings a whole new dimension to that mission and demonstrates the power of technology to support communities at a time of real need.
*Sources: University of Melbourne; 7news-sunrise; Mensline; abc.net.au; full citations online. **NZHerald; stuff.co.nz; full citations online. Counting Dead Women Project, Metropolitan Police Service, National Domestic Abuse helpline, Men's Advice Line
Protection during a pandemic
Objective Connect is supporting inspirational teams in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 at all levels of government from local councils to whole-of-government agreements. When Glasgow City Council’s Violence Against Women team told us their adoption of Objective Connect
was saving lives, we started to think more about what else we could do to help those most vulnerable during the pandemic:
“The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership has used Objective Connect for a number of years; it allowed us to securely share information on those victims who were at risk of being seriously hurt, harmed or murdered. Prior to Connect, we had no way of safely sharing with third sector partners. Since COVID-19, the solution has been even more critical for us. We were able to establish workspaces for all our violence against women services which allowed staff to continue to work from home and have access to the documents they needed. It has, without a doubt, been a game changer for us, and we would not have been able to function in the way we do without it.”
That’s why we’re offering 12-month subscriptions to any registered charity supporting domestic abuse victims, as our gift towards their exemplary work in meeting the increased demand.
With support of domestic abuse victims in mind, Objective Connect drives a multi-agency response to social care and welfare issues, bringing together agencies such as health providers, police and child welfare teams to collaborate on extremely sensitive personal data.
We’re passionate about making a difference and proud to help facilitate the local and national response to COVID-19. At a time when people rely on key workers more than ever, we’re here as the software that key workers, in turn, can depend on.
Find out more
We encourage all eligible registered charities to get in touch by submitting the form on our dedicated webpage. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with the team today.
If you’re a public sector organisation and want to learn more about how Objective Connect can support your work, please complete the form at the bottom of this page to benefit from free, 14-day trial access.