Domestic violence cases have surged due to stay-at-home orders during COVID-19. Here’s how to avoid and respond to domestic violence during COVID-19.

Whether it be physical or psychological harm, domestic abuse traumatizes those victimized by it. All states have enacted stay-at-home orders to flatten the curve. However, many victims of domestic violence are forced to stay home, often trapping them in a home with their abuser.

Not being able to leave the house to visit friends, family, or even work, has shown to be detrimental to domestic violence victims. The safety of being able to leave your home when times are tough has helped many domestic violence victims in some instances. Abusers may use this quarantine to exacerbate an already stressful situation. Having a plan to protect yourself and/or your children is vital.

Create a Plan to Avoid Domestic Violence During COVID-19

Although California is under quarantine, you may leave the house for necessities. Leaving your home to avoid abuse is absolutely legal and necessary. Calling a friend to ask them if you are allowed to spend some time with them, so you don’t have to be in the same home as your abuser could help your situation immensely. If you are not able to go to any friend’s homes, try to spend a few nights with your family, get a hotel, or even sleep in your car. Any option is better than being abused further. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, and minimize touching your face and common surfaces when leaving your home.

Increased Risks of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

Studies have shown that the less access people have to resources (i.e. money, food, activities), the more people tend to fight and become more abusive. Since the pandemic, domestic violence hotlines throughout the world have been busy answering calls. During the month of April, French authorities reported a 30% increase in domestic violence. Both psychological and physical violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Withholding basic necessities like food, clothes, masks, and hand sanitizer are all very common tactics use by abusers to control their victims.

Where to Get Help

You are not alone in this. There are several resources to help you during this time. Pride Legal is here to help you, as well as many other resources available. Pride Legal can help you file for a restraining order, help you divorce, or even to direct you to who to talk to. The number for the National Domestic Hotline is (800) 799-7233. If you are not able to call, text HOME to 741741.

Contact Pride Legal

If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic abuse, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.