What to do if you’re isolated with an abuser during the pandemic, according to women’s shelter and anti-domestic violence advocates
- Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, there has been a reported increase in domestic violence cases and 911 calls related to domestic abuse, especially in large metropolitan areas.
- If you or someone you know is isolated with an abuser, experts says it’s important to do what you can to maintain an outside support system and make a safety plan in case you are able to escape.
- If you can, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474, or use the live chat function on thehotline.org to connect with people who can help. They are available 24/7.
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Living day to day experiencing domestic violence is already physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing for the victim of the abuse. Compounded with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strain of a toxic living situation may be at an unprecedented high.
“Our fear is that COVID-19 regulations and safer at home protocols have really added a tool in the toolbox of those who abuse,” said Ruth M. Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). “We’ve heard stories of abusers using COVID-19 as …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]