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Queensland courts inundated with domestic violence cases amid lockdown

“Anything we can do to address this increase in domestic and family violence during the pandemic is really important.”

Service providers had reported a dramatic increase in the brutality and severity of attacks on women and children, Minister for Women Di Farmer told reporters.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Di Farmer says victims are probably now at home 24 hours a day with their abusers.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Di Farmer says victims are probably now at home 24 hours a day with their abusers.Credit:Dan Peled/AAP

“If you are a victim of domestic and family violence, life is already incredibly challenging,” she said. “With the advent of COVID-19, those challenges have increased dramatically.

“If you are a victim, you are probably now at home 24 hours a day with a perpetrator who is watching your every move, so your ability to call for help, your ability to escape is severely limited.”

Ms Farmer said financial loss, cabin fever, a widespread rise in anxiety, and a 70 per cent increase in alcohol consumption could push violent perpetrators over the edge.

There were no new cases of the virus on Wednesday as the state’s tally remained steady at 1043, with just 52 active cases.

Officials will meet with hospitality and tourism industry representatives on Thursday to kickstart their way out of the economic crisis.

Retail giant Myer will reopen five of its Queensland stores from Friday after closing all of its Australian outlets and standing down about 10,000 staff without pay on March 29.

Those to open are at Chermside, Carindale, North Lakes, Townsville and Toowoomba.

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