COVID-19 has left most people stuck at home, working inside, with decreasing travel. Although this has helped lower the transmission of the virus, the rise of domestic violence has increased globally by 30% since March. Those who are abused are now stuck in the same household as the abuser and unable to take refuge in friends and family’s homes since they are told to social distance from other people. Despite the pandemic, there is help available.
Around the world, calls have increased for domestic abuse. Cyprus and Singapore had an increase in calls by over 30% and Argentina increased by 25%. Countries like Canada, Germany, the UK, and the United States all have reported an increase in violence as well. In Chicago, there was a 12% increase in calls in April compared to the same time last year. But on the other side, some women are too scared to report domestic abuse since they have nowhere to go during the lockdown. In Italy, calls dropped by 55% because the police think the women were too scared to report a call if they were living in the same house as the abuser. In LA and New York, police said there has been a decrease in calls for the same reason, especially if there is nowhere to bring the kids.
If you are feeling scared for your life or your children’s, remember you can get help during this pandemic. There are resources available and you can discreetly call these hotlines.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
There is a domestic violence coalition for every state in the U.S. Each state has more than 2,000 local programs and shelters. Find your state at Network to End Domestic Violence’s website. Your local state program can help you with things like:
- Safety planning
- Legal assistance, like evicting the abusive partner, child custody, etc.
- Counseling services
- Applying for housing and providing transitional housing
- Safe houses
Don’t forget that your friends and family are still there for you and can still provide support and a space to live if you need to get out of your current housing situation.
Elev8MD offers counseling services, as well as other self-care services like IV hydration therapy that can help these people heal and process. We also offer ketamine as an option for those with severe and debilitating depression. Complete the form below to request more information and find out which treatment is the best fit for you.