It has reinforced calls to improve women’s economic safety by including strategies that “address harmful attitudes supporting gender norms and dismantle systems that enable these problematic attitudes”.
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) last year surveyed 10,000 women aged 18 years and over about their experiences of violence in their most recent intimate relationship prior to and during the first 12 months of the pandemic.
They were also asked about economic security, including financial stress and experiences of associated economic hardship, such as an inability to pay bills, going without medical treatment or skipping meals.
The survey found experiences of economic insecurity were common among women during this time, and this was linked with an increased likelihood of experiencing intimate partner violence.
“What the report shows is that these two things are very strongly related to one…