La Trobe presents discussion on domestic violence in time of COVID-19

For more than a decade, La Trobe’s Ideas and Society Program has been holding public events about some of the most pressing issues facing the world.

At this time of truly unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, the Uni will convene a monthly online discussions with leading authorities, thinkers and writers analysing in depth some of the less discussed aspects of the COVID-19 emergency.

Domestic Violence at the Time of the COVID-19 Shutdown

When: Tuesday 2 June 2020, 5.00–6.30pm

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On the eve of the pandemic and the ensuing shutdown, Australians were shocked by the brutal murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children at the hands of her partner. We were reminded yet again that domestic violence, primarily committed by men against women and children, is one of the most terrible aspects of our national story.

As a consequence of the comprehensive social shutdown necessitated by the pandemic, family members have been required to stay together for long stretches of time. Under these conditions, the frightening possibility of an increase in the number of the instances of domestic violence has 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. 

Meet the speakers

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. She is currently adapting her book into a three-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 intergenerational 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.