The measures taken to protect Americans from COVID-19 may have put some in danger by . The stay-at-home orders have reduced independence or control survivors may have had, they are now forced to in constant proximity with abuser, unable to relief or help.
Domestic violence is damaging. are trapped in relationshipsCOVID-19 seems to have exacerbated these circumstances trapping with their abusers. While orders were to protect peoplemay have put in more danger.
A Spike In Domestic Violence Reports
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million Americans experience intimate partner violence each year. Men, women, and children can all be victims of abuse
he stress of the pandemic along with the financial crisis increaselikelihood of domestic abuse
An article from the Nature Public Health Emergency Collection predicted an increase in domestic violence due to the pandemic. everal previous studies a rise in domestic and intimate partner violence during and after crisis.
Reports From Police Departments
Police departments across America have reported increases in the number of domestic violence cases they have seen since the pandemic began. Aileen Robinson, Chicago Police Department’s domestic violence coordinator, said that during the first week of April, there was a 14.6% increase in domestic violence allegations from the year.
Other police departments also an increase in domestic violence. Boston a 22% increase in domestic violence cases between March 2 and March 20. Dallas saw a similar increase of 20.3 percent from February to March, and Seattle reported a 21 percent increase in March compared to March 2019.
A study conducted in Dallas found that, while domestic violence reports increased in the days following the stay-at-home order, they decreased soon after that. These findings do not mean that domestic violence is decreasing. In fact, it could be a sign that domestic and intimate partner violence is increasing.
Why Could Be Underreported
For a survivor to report their abuse, they must be able to get away from their abuser. When they are confined to a home, the Police departments report a decline in domestic violence incidents may indicate that abusers are exerting more control over survivors, not less. They can trap survivors in the house and prevent them from leaving.
Additionally, police officers are more likely to commit domestic abuse than the general population, making them an unreliable source. Some sources report that police may handle domestic violence situations informally as a result.
We can safely assume that domestic violence casesin California and across the nation.
What To Do Now
While these situations can seem confusing and , should have to sort through the legal system alone. The first step in handling domestic violence .