Think of how COVID-19 has changed your life. We have to live at home, a safe haven for most. Online school, frequently sanitizing and washing our hands, and more have become the new norm. Now imagine all of this stress with a constant fear that someone in your household would burst and turn into a monster at any point. Millions of people are living with this fear at this very moment.
Domestic abuse is already a huge problem in itself. Every year, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That’s almost 20 people every minute of the day. However, only 20,000 calls are made every day to domestic violence hotlines, meaning that over 8,000 cases go unreported. This makes it even more critical to support these people and get them the proper care and help.
In social isolation, domestic abuse has skyrocketed. According to the New York Times, the fact that victims have no escape has only made things worse. School and work are typical escapes for many, but after COVID, that escape just vanished. The increase could also be attributed to a lack of control that everyone is feeling. COVID unexpectedly came into the United States at the beginning of March, and no one really expected a global pandemic to occur in 2020. There have been reports of abusers threatening to lock victims out of the house if they even hear a cough from them. Domestic violence is only worsening and getting more harsh.
However, just because we’re all stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t help. Anyone can donate to the National Domestic Violence Hotline or volunteer. There is always something we can do to help one another. In this crisis, we must all come together as a unified society and find ways to cope with the situation. There is always a way through.
If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic abuse, use the following number to call for help,
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)