Coronavirus Poses Fresh Challenges for Domestic Violence Shelters Around the World

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With an increase of domestic violence victims, are shelters prepared to handle an increase of victims amidst COVID-19 restrictions? 

With COVID-19 spreading, concerns regarding victims of domestic violence and interpersonal family violence are high, as women forced inside their homes with abusive partners lie susceptible to more abuse. 

News outlets around the globe have reported on dangers that social distancing, self isolation and quarantining may have on domestic violence victims:

  • The Vancouver Sun has reported that calls to The Battered Women’s Support Services Crisis hotline have seen a 300 percent surge in calls—from a dozen calls a day a month ago to hundreds of calls per day now.
  • The New York Post reported that NYC Hope, the city’s main domestic violence online resource, has had 1240 visitors from March 18 through March 30.
  • In the United Kingdom, a man was…

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