Online event: Domestic Violence at the Time of the COVID-19 Shutdown
As a consequence of the comprehensive social shutdown necessitated by the current pandemic, family members were required to stay together for protracted periods. Under these conditions, the frightening possibility of an increase in the number of the instances of domestic violence loomed. We are very pleased that two great young Australian writers—Jess Hill and Rick Morton will join us to discuss domestic violence, its causes, and the possible implications of the COVID-19 social shutdown.
- Tuesday 02 June 2020 05:00 pm until Tuesday 02 June 2020 06:30 pm (Add to calendar)
- University Events - Lauren Elliott
- Presented by:
- Ideas & Society Program: Jess Hill, Rick Morton
- Type of Event:
- Community Event; Public Lecture
- Free to register
On the eve of the pandemic and the comprehensive social shutdown, the nation was shocked by the brutal murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children by her partner, Rowan Baxter. We were reminded yet again that domestic violence, primarily committed by men against women and children, was one of the most terrible aspects of our national life. As a consequence of the comprehensive social shutdown necessitated by the pandemic, family members were required to stay together for protracted periods. Under these conditions, the frightening possibility of an increase in the number of the instances of domestic violence loomed.
We are very pleased that two great young Australian writers—Jess Hill, the author of this year’s Stella prize-winning book, See What You Made Me Do, and Rick Morton, the author of the runaway best-selling, One Hundred Years of Dirt—have accepted our invitation to discuss domestic violence and its causes, and the possible implications of the COVID-19 social shutdown. Please join us in what promises to be an enlightening and significant conversation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please click here for further information
Jess Hill is an investigative journalist and author who’s been reporting exclusively on domestic abuse since 2014. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and producer/reporter across ABC TV and radio. She’s won multiple awards for her reporting, and in 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award. In 2020, she is adapting her book into a 3-part series for SBS, and is producing a podcast series with the Victorian Women’s Trust.
Rick Morton is the author of the critically-acclaimed, bestselling memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt which examines poverty, violence and inter-generational trauma. He is currently working on his next non-fiction book My Year of Living Vulnerably due to be released by Harper Collins Publishers Australia next year. Rick is also an award-winning journalist and currently the senior reporter for The Saturday Paper.
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