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Has COVID-19 Increased the Rate of Domestic Violence?


COVID-19 has impacted the U.S. and the world at large in a multitude of ways over the last year. Unfortunately, it appears that the pandemic may also be inciting a rise in domestic violence. Today, we're exploring how and why.

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Domestic Violence in the U.S. During COVID-19

So far, the evidence does point toward an increase in domestic violence under COVID-19. A study by the University of Texas at Dallas found that, when the state declared a COVID-related stay-at-home order for residents, the rate of intimate partner violence within the city increased by roughly 12.5%.

That figure mirrors a roughly 12% increase in domestic violence reports that Chicago domestic violence hotlines received at the beginning of April, when that city declared a stay-at-home order.

There are two key reasons COVID-19 could increase domestic violence rates across the U.S.:

  • It's harder for survivors/victims to seek help. COVID-related job losses could make it difficult for survivors/victims to find the finances necessary to escape an abusive relationship.
  • Abusers are at home more. This not only increases the speed at which abusers may escalate the cycle of violence but also makes it harder for survivors/victims to find the safety to report domestic violence to the authorities.

Domestic Violence Across the World

Domestic violence isn't just spiking in the U.S. In some parts of China, reports of domestic violence increased significantly when cities went into lockdown there for COVID-19.

COVID-19 has spiked domestic violence rates worldwide by such a significant margin that UN Women actually released a statement warning women to be careful and encouraging individuals to look out for instances of domestic violence.

At Arnold Law Group, APC, we can help you obtain safety during a domestic violence dispute through means such as a restraining or protective order.

To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.

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