Some people know domestic abuse as something daily or regular in their lives and others who have never experienced it. However, even if a person has not experienced first hand they should care about all the victims and try to find solutions. This is a pandemic within a pandemic.
As seen in the news: A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide. Domestic Abuse increased during Covid-19 as Covid19 cases surged in the United States in March 2020, stay at home orders were put in place. “Mounting data suggests that domestic abuse is acting as an opportunistic infection, flourishing in the conditions created by the pandemic” (Taub). The schools closed and workers were laid off, furloughed, or told to work from home. “Stay-at-home orders, intended to protect the public and prevent widespread infection, left many IPV (Intimate partner violence) victims trapped with their abusers”.
Although restrictions were lessened the effects of the pandemic continued. “One in 4 women and one in 10 men experience IPV, and violence can take various forms: it can be physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological.2 People of all races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, and religions experience IPV” (Evans). The emergency number in Spain received 18 percent more calls in the first two weeks of lockdown than a month later. The French police reported a 30 percent increase in domestic violence. As we hear or see, people can not ignore this is a huge issue for many victims who are suffering and who feel helpless. Sadly many of these crises are set to become much more frequent.
Most people who experience IPV don’t seek help and this pandemic has shown how much work needs to be done to ensure that domestic abuse victims have access to support, refuge, and medical care. What we could do is show our support by having the hotline at all grocery stores, malls, and post on social media for others to be aware as well. Talk about the importance of mental health.
If we as a society normalized the idea of getting help as a positive thing instead of a negative there would be more people reaching out. Also, we could help by wearing a mask and help stop the spread of the virus so everyone’s lives can go back to normal without victims having to accept they have no choice but to stay with their abuser because the virus is impeding their leave.
Evans, M., Author AffiliationsFrom the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, F. P. Polack and Others, Consortium, W., & A. T. Widge and Others. (2020, December 10). A Pandemic within a Pandemic – Intimate Partner Violence during Covid-19: NEJM. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2024046
Taub, A. (2020, April 06). A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/coronavirus-domestic-violence.html