As stay-at-home orders went in place across the country, many individuals became trapped at home with abusers, isolated, and unable to seek help. Throughout this time, there has been a rise in domestic violence. Safety plans have had to change, reaching out is harder, and accessing services is hindered by increased barriers. Some hotlines have been more frequent and some more silent. Hotlines have reported shorter, more frantic calls, often with calls reporting more violent abuse.
Globally, significant increases in domestic violence cases among marginalized populations are being reported. Overall, there has been a dramatic increase in the need for services and assistance, including shelter, food, and basic necessities.
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