Domestic Violence May Spike During Time of Quarantine

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While some may be happy for the upcoming weeks of working from home, others are bracing themselves. Domestic violence in the US is reportedly experienced by 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men, but it is known to be under reported. These statistics are for an average year, not including times of quarantine and social distancing. It is predicted that the rates of domestic violence will increase due to close quarters and the strain of job uncertainty of job loss. Calls to domestic violence hotlines have included mentions of coronavirus, with one woman saying that she was afraid to go to the emergency room after her partner strangled her because she didn’t want to catch the virus. There are resources available for those who still want to escape an abusive relationship.

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