The pandemic has led to increased domestic abuse across the entirety of the U.S. This comes as a consequence of many support systems being moved online, the isolation people experienced with their abusers, the financial and health struggles, and the process for reporting becoming harder within the pandemic. Half of all domestic violence incidents are completely unreported. This is especially dangerous when 66% of people don’t receive any medical care for domestic injuries. The abusers may not only hurt the victim, but 71% of women in violent relationships had their partner threaten, hurt, or kill their pet to maintain control.
This spells a scary outlook for anyone experiencing abuse in America today, but it’s not all hopeless. There are local organizations in any community that look to raise awareness and help for those in these relationships. On top of this there are many national resources and hotlines that are also there to help.
Even as an individual though one can always be aware. Look for the signs of control, jealousy, and threats. These are the start of what can eventually turn into violence. Also be there for the people close to you, let them know they can come to you and that you’re willing to help in a way they need. Domestic abuse is on the rise but anyone can make a tangible difference in their community.
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