The pandemic that began in March 2020 has partners and families spending more time together at home.
And it also gives a controlling partner just another excuse to exert more control over their victim.
For someone in an abusive relationship, the living situations created by this virus might be their worst nightmare.
As the virus continues to plague our country, it is important that we have conversations and raise awareness about domestic violence.
Why is Domestic Violence Spiking During the Pandemic?
The additional time together has the potential to lead to an increase in domestic abuse. But it isn’t just the extra time. The extra stress brought on by the pandemic is also a contributing factor to domestic violence spikes.
The stress alone is enough to have tension high and people lashing out. But let’s look even deeper. Increased stress can also lead to other actions like increased drinking. And this leads to an increase in domestic violence and domestic abuse.
How to Recognize Domestic Violence
You might be a victim of domestic violence and not even realize it. Here are signs to pay attention to in your relationship:
- You and your safety are being threatened.
- Your partner is harming you, your children and/or your animals.
- They are being verbally and emotionally hurtful.
- You’ve noticed repeated episodes of explosive anger.
- You are being blamed for the violence in your relationship.
- The abusive behavior is only exhibited around you.
Solutions to Dealing with Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Getting help or leaving an abusive situation can be intimidating. Depending on the severity of the abuse and violence in your relationship, you might need to handle the situation differently.
If someone you live with displays the warning signs of abuse, then we recommend you put together a plan and consider the following:
Use technology cautiously.
Abusers might intercept calls, read your calling or texting history, or search phone billing records or search history.
Be cautious when talking on the phone and using the computer. Always do so in a safe space, and if you have access to a public computer such as at work, the library or a friend’s house, use it instead.
Frequently change passwords.
Choose passwords that would be hard for them to guess and change it regularly. They will do everything they can to figure it out, so just changing it once isn’t enough.
Confide in someone you trust.
It can be a friend, a loved one, a neighbor, a spiritual adviser. They are on the outside and have access to the resources that can help you. They can be your ally.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is for crisis intervention and referrals to resources, such as women’s shelters.
Help for Domestic Violence
Remember, you are not alone.
No one deserves to be a victim of abuse and help is available.
The Purple Jewel Corporation began to help “Extinguish the Rage” of domestic abuse and domestic violence. By providing support to women by way of referral services, we are improving the quality of their lives.
If you have a need, contact us today.
No one person can single-handedly stop domestic abuse and violence. But together, we can continue working to make a difference.