Is There More Domestic Violence During COVID-19?
It was in early April that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide lockdown that pushed people into their homes as the entire country tried to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order was difficult for most people, as they could no longer go to work, spend time with friends, or even just go to the beach. For others though, the difficulties of being at home were far worse. Home is not a safe place for many people, as that is where they live with their abuser, and this has many concerned about the increase of domestic violence during the pandemic.
Why Will Domestic Violence Incidents Increase?
Three main factors will contribute to the increase in domestic violence incidents during the pandemic. The first is simply that people are forced to stay together at home, which gives abusers more opportunities to become violent. The only relief that many victims of domestic violence get from their abuser is when they or their abuser goes to work. Now that this is not an option for many people, there is more time for abuse to occur.
The second reason why it is believed that domestic violence incidents will increase during the pandemic is because abusers will feel out of control. There are so many aspects of the virus that are out of one’s control. People cannot control the fact that they cannot go to work, pay their mortgage, or perhaps even buy groceries. When abusers feel out of control in one aspect of their life, they tend to try to regain control in other areas. For some, that means controlling their victim by abusing them.
Lastly, with so many businesses and organizations shut down, there is not as much help available. Victims of domestic violence may not be able to reach out and get the support they need, while abusers may have to temporarily stop receiving treatment, which is a rehabilitative measure many abusers take.
Help is Available
The lockdown has many people feeling hopeless, particularly victims of domestic violence. Fortunately, there is help available. The CARES Act, which was passed in response to the pandemic, has provided support for non-profit organizations that want to help domestic violence victims during this especially difficult time.
Also, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is still available for support. Victims can call 800-799-7233, or text LOVEIS to 22522. The Hotline also has a website equipped with 24-hour support for those that want to live chat with someone.
Our Florida Family Lawyers can Provide the Help You Need
It is true that during the pandemic, most courts have shut their doors and are not hearing the same number of cases they did before COVID-19. However, if you are in a domestic violence situation and need help, our Tampa family law attorneys at All Family Law Group are here for you. The courts are still allowing emergency hearings and, if you are considering divorce, we can also get started on the paperwork. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call us at (813) 672-1900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to receive the help you need now.
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