Responding to an emergency

Supporting communities impacted by disaster to get back on their feet is what frontline responders do. The work can be challenging, as the basic needs of whole communities for food, shelter and care must be met with urgency.

Men, women and children suffer in disasters and their aftermath.  But disaster is no excuse for family violence.

Everyone can act to prevent the ‘hidden disaster’ of increased family violence during and after disaster. Family violence increases during and after disaster, so it’s important to have the right tools to respond.  Ignoring men’s violence does not help them, or anyone.

We all have a role to play in asking about family violence. It is simple to connect women and children to the services they need, and simple to give men options for expressing emotion safely.

It’s important to have the right tools to respond. This page includes evidence-based resources for responding to violence against women and the risk of male suicide at times of disaster.