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March 20, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Stuff: Coronavirus: Police plan for spike in family violence

Police are planning for a spike in family violence as coronavirus-related financial pressure and social isolation ramps up.

Stuff understands top brass at police national headquarters have met to discuss how the pandemic might impact on various crime types.

Among the areas of most concern is family violence.

The Covid-19 outbreak led to a significant spike in domestic abuse in parts of China and officials fear a similar situation could unfold in New Zealand.

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NZ Herald: Coronavirus: Mental health experts Janet Peters and David Codyre on combating fear, anxiety

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We are all now learning the meaning of new words.

"Self isolation" is separating and restricting the movement of people who are well, who may have been exposed to Covid-19, to prevent spread if they become ill. Or separating an individual who has become infected with Covid-19, also to prevent spread.

"Social distancing" means not shaking hands, hugging, using hongi; it means standing two metres from other people, and avoiding crowds. And, most important, staying home if you feel sick – especially cold/flu symptoms or fever.

Some people (eg, those with a history of past trauma, significant mental illness/distress, disability, long-term physical health problems) may find social isolation more difficult.
For some, being stuck at home may increase emotions such as frustration, and increase conflict with family.

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