The Coronavirus pandemic is causing widespread health and financial concerns for families across the world. As communities are instructed to stay home, we’ve seen an increase in another dangerous result of this virus: domestic and sexual violence.
How Coronavirus is Affecting Domestic Abuse Victims
Victims of abuse who previously had a bit of reprieve from their abusive partners during the day are now trapped at home with their abusers. Self-quarantining at home isn’t safe for those suffering from sexual or domestic abuse. On the other hand, risking exposure by leaving the house isn’t safe either. As fear about the economy increases, the stress at home goes up when people are out of work and unable to pay the bills.
While Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone, regardless of their age or demographic, victims of domestic violence are among the highest risk group. Their safety is threatened at home, and many of these victims no longer have the financial or emotional support of friends and family because they are unable to meet in person.
Protecting Those at Risk
Technology can be an aid for victims to reach out to advocates and support. At the same time, the use of technology might be restricted or dangerous for some victims. Sometimes outside help is needed, which is why friends, family, and neighbors should be proactive in maintaining communication whenever possible. If a person’s safety is at risk, then the right advocates and authorities should be notified immediately.
Even though society is dealing with a health threat, there are still organizations and shelters designed to protect victims of abuse. Many resources are available for help, including:
· National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
· National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (English) 1-800-273-8255
· Safe Horizon 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)
If you or a loved one is at risk, then reach out for help as soon as possible. Our team at Miles & Hatcher, LLP offers a variety of legal services and can help with family law. Contact us for free consultation: (909) 481-4080.