An Australian Study Has Found A Link Between Violence And Extreme Heat

An Australian study has found a link between extreme heat and domestic, non-domestic and sexual violence.

The study, by Macquarie University, investigated about one million reported incidents from 2006 and 2018 in New South Wales and found, as the temperature increased, so did violence.

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With Australia known for its hot summers and frequent and intense heat waves, it means we could also see the rise in violence.

In this episode of The Briefing, Katrina Blowers is joined by Heather Stevens who was part of the team which carried out this research.

Ms Stevens said the association between temperature and aggressive behaviours was “very evident” and could be heightened from sleepless nights, dehydration, and the increase intake of alcohol.

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She suggests to address the issue, people should seek out ways to remain cool when heat reaches extreme temperatures.

“We’re likely to experience more frequent, more intense, more severe heatwaves both in Australia and globally, and that is going to impact because they’re going to have more impacts from heat on violence,” she said.

“I think from a practical perspective, what can you do in extreme heat, seeking out ways that you can keep cool are important.”

If you, or anyone you know needs help, there are many resources available:

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

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