Domestic Violence Rises During COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in Family Law

Right now, many of us are experiencing social isolation due to government mandates to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. While this is critical to protect those most vulnerable to catching the virus, this is largely impacting another vulnerable group who right now, needs protection more than ever.

Victims of domestic violence are now facing the horror of being forced to stay isolated with their abusers, with little likelihood of reprieve for the time being. Reports already have come in that domestic violence altercations are on the rise, with many abusers using COVID-19 as a means to further isolate their victims from receiving support.

According to the World Health Organization, “1 in 3 women around the world experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. This makes it the most widespread, but among the least reported human rights abuses. It is prevalent during times of peace and stability, but risks escalate when a crisis strikes.”

Across the United States, victims of domestic violence have called into the National Domestic Violence Hotline reporting that not only are their partners using the virus to isolate them but when they sustain injuries that require medical attention, they fear contracting the coronavirus and further perpetuating their isolation with the abusive partner.

There are a lot of issues that stem from the virus, including the economic ramifications of such a global crisis. Many resources funded by the government may lose some funding, which will further put these victims at risk.

This is a scary time for many in our country, but we must advocate and protect those needing safety.

There are domestic violence resources available to survivors during COVID-19 mandates.

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.

Not only is your own safety a factor when you are being abused at the hands of a partner, but if there are children involved, you may worry about what will happen to them if you speak out or seek medical attention for injuries or illness.

Right now, the most important thing is maintaining your safety and the safety of your children against your abuser. Although the Pennsylvania courts are currently closed due to COVID-19, you can still file a protection from abuse order.

For a step-by-step resource on filing, during COVID-19 closures, visit the courts’ website here.

We know things are frightening right now. But you are not alone. Seek safety and guidance and then, contact our team today. We are working remotely so we can handle your domestic violence cases at any time, during any situation.

Get The Guidance And Advocacy You Need from an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney

Our Scranton domestic violence attorney is available to assist in obtaining a PFA order. To arrange a confidential, free initial consultation with a strong family law advocate, contact us online or call (570) 207-4000.

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