“[Women repeatedly have] to return to violent homes because they can’t afford to establish a new home in the private rental market” – Alice Clark, Executive Director at Shelter SA

Domestic violence is a problem that continues to affect many people from all walks of life and can take many different forms from physical violence to things like coercive control. With the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic forcing the majority of people to stay at home, many in self-isolation, there are concerns that rates of family violence may rise dramatically. So are we strict enough on the issue? Is the coronavirus crisis making things even worse and is emergency housing for victims facing abusive situations too expensive? We spoke to Dr Heather Nancarrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, as well as Alice Clark, the Executive Director at Shelter SA, to find out.

Meanwhile, renewable energy is a hot topic at the moment as the effects of climate change begin to take a toll. With South Australia making major strides in the renewables sector, is it possible for Adelaide to go 100% renewable for its energy needs? We spoke to Sandy Verschoor, the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, about the initiative to go all in on clean energy. Also on the show, we give you the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to have a major impact on our lives. Listen in!

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Airdate: April 20, 2020

Reporters:  Arjuna Ganesan, Hamish Kearvell & Sam Talbot

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