Alejandra Y. Castillo on Combating Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Epidemic – Ms. Magazine

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As the U.S. fights to contain the spread of the coronavirus, vast numbers of people across the country are being told to stay home.

But experts warn this will lead to an increase of domestic abuse occurring within households.

“Across our network we are seeing a significant increase in demand for our services, including domestic and sexual violence services, shelter and transitional housing,” said Castillo. “This is what typically happens during national disasters and economic recessions—and it’s happening now.” (Pexels)

Ms. interviewed Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of the YWCA USA, the nation’s largest provider of sexual violence and domestic abuse services.

We spoke to Castillo about the impact this virus is having on households across the U.S.—as well as the ways that we can all help protect those who are most vulnerable to domestic abuse during this…

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