Early on in the days of Coronavirus, experts recognized that while much of the world was staying home to be safe, there are those for whom home is the most dangerous place they can be. While we joked about endless Zoom meetings, toilet paper shortages, and overdue haircuts, victims of domestic violence (the majority of whom are women) were locked in with their abusers. They were physically cut off from friends and family, counselors and advocates, even welcome diversions and brief respites like running local errands. And, the stress and anxiety we’ve all felt only increases the likelihood of violence. Add to that the difficulty in many communities of obtaining emergency care, and it’s easy for any of us to recognize the scope and severity of this brutal byproduct of the pandemic.
Of course, domestic violence didn’t begin in 2020….