How The Pandemic Had An Effect On Domestic Violence

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In a typical year, 243 million women and girls experience intimate partner violence. This number is unfortunately high, but what is even more unfortunate is that during the pandemic, the amount of domestic violence incidents increased substantially. Amid the pandemic, calls to domestic abuse hotlines helplines increased as much as 5x. Why did this happen, and how can we help support the victims of domestic violence?

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During the pandemic there were increased stressors across the country. Many people were facing concerns about their finances and their health. This worry turned to anger in some people who were already showing abusive characteristics, and led to a higher chance of violence with their partner. With lockdowns across the country and more people stuck in their hoes, there was also the increased opportunity for abusers. Victims had less access to mandated reporters during this time so abuse was able to continue for longer periods of time.

The Pandemic's Effect On Domestic Violence

Along with domestic abuse cases rising, there were also higher rates of cyber stalking and harassment during the pandemic. If partners were not living together, abusers were able to continue their violent ways by means of stalking either in person or online. There was an uptick in downloads for spyware used to combat cyberstalking during this time so people could feel more safe. When abusers were caught stalking their victims, only about 24% were convicted.

With such an increase of abuse and lack of convictions during the pandemic, it is not surprising that so many victims were hesitant to report their abuse. Many people thought that their reports would not be taken seriously. Other victims were scared to leave a partner due to financial concerns. Oftentimes abusers will take financial control in relationships, leaving their victims with no job and no money, so they are left completely financially dependent. This can be a very scary reality to face, and leads to even more women not reporting instances of violence.

This is why it is important to understand the many ways to find resources for people suffering domestic abuse. If you or a loved one is experiencing any form of domestic violence, you can reach out to the national domestic violence hotline. Either by going on their website or calling, this service is able to find resources close to you to help you leave an abusive relationship. There are also online service directories that can help you find these resources if you are nervous about calling a helpline. Either way, it is important to know that if you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, there are many ways to get help. Learn more in the infographic below:

Domestic Violence

Infographic source: Appriss Insights