Domestic Violence is on The Rise Amid Coronavirus Shelter-In-Place

Sheltering in place may protect people from COVID-19, but it can also pose a higher risk for those in abusive relationships.

Under normal circumstances, a survivor or victim could flee an abusive situation by staying with a family member, going to a shelter, or filing a protective order with the police. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has left victims trapped with their abuser, and it has become harder to report the abuse.

With financial stress from lost jobs and the likelihood of a worldwide recession, it may be harder for victims to leave an abusive relationship. Therefore, the risk to victims could easily outlast the virus itself.

What can you do if you are the victim of domestic abuse?

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