Advocates fear rise in domestic violence cases amid COVID-19 shutdowns

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Advocates fear rise in domestic violence cases amid COVID-19 shutdowns

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Domestic violence advocates fear the current situation regarding COVID-19 may create the ‘perfect storm’ for a rise in domestic violence cases.

“Because we are self-isolating, and particularly if the abusive person is self-isolating and has immediate proximity to the victim or survivor, there are various ways in which the risk element may go up,” said Ruth Glenn, president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was quoted recently in a US Today news article”

When it is safe to do, those who are in immediate danger are encouraged to call 911 and seek help. YWCA Rock County also has a 24-hour help line, as well as a 24-hour text line. Again, when it is safe, call 608-752-2583 or text 608-371-9288.

Several news outlets have written about the issue:

The Lawyers Daily – Women fleeing abuse affected by COVID-19

WREX – Rockford – Isolation Poses Dangers to Domestic Violence Survivors

USA Today – Domestic Violence Shelters Prepare 

YWCA Rock County is committed to helping domestic violence victims, even in this uncertain time. If you want to help, we are accepting donations online.You can give by clicking here.