COVID-19 and its impact on the family violence legal and service system

COVID-19 and its impact on the family violence legal and service system

Angela Lynch AM

In this webinar Angela Lynch AM explored the challenges COVID-19 are creating for the family violence legal and service system.

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This webinar was held on Thursday 25 June 2020. Please post your questions and comments.


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Angela Lynch AM explored the challenges COVID-19 are creating for the family violence legal and service system. This unprecedented time is posing new challenges to the safety of women and their children living with domestic and family violence. 

Since COVID-19 restrictions were in place, there has been a 75% increase in Google searches for ‘domestic violence’, the Queensland Minister for Health has reported emergency departments seeing an increase in significant injuries related to domestic violence, the family court has seen an almost 40% increase in urgent applications, and recent weeks have seen a number of shocking and violent domestic violence deaths. 

Angela Lynch will discuss the challenges presented by COVID-19 in keeping women and their children experiencing domestic violence safe, and discuss solutions from a legal perspective, particularly focusing on the family law system. 

About the presenters

Angela Lynch AM

Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service Qld

Angela is a lawyer and advocate for survivors of domestic and family violence. Over 23 years in the Queensland domestic violence legal sector, Angela has developed a deep understanding of the issues confronting women who have experienced domestic violence – translating practical legal knowledge and experience into significant law reform, policy, community legal education and safer client outcomes.

 

As CEO of the Women’s Legal Service, Angela guides the specialist community legal centre to build safer futures for Queensland women and their children – championing frontline operations, external advocacy, client services and fundraising.

 

In 2019 Angela was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honour’s List for her service to victims of domestic and family violence.

 

In 2016 Angela was appointed to the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. This board was formed by the Queensland Government in response to findings of the Not Now, Not Ever report and makes recommendations to the Minister about improvements to legislation, policies, practices, services, training, resources and communication to prevent or reduce the likelihood of domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland.

 

Angela’s dedication to the sector was acknowledged in October 2017 when she was awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Not-for-profit Lawyer of the Year and Women in Law Excellence Award and the Women’s Agenda National Emerging Leader in the Legal Sector award.

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