Domestic Violence Incidents Expected to Rise During Social Distancing
One of the many negative side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that people who are in abusive relationships may find themselves trapped at home with their abuser. This can make it more difficult for them to get the help they need to escape their situation.
Numerous public health officials and social workers have predicted an uptick in domestic violence and divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many victims of domestic violence, they are unable to call for help due to not being able to find a safe space away from their abuser. The constant time spent together has also made it easier for abusers to trap and track their victims.
What to do if you are a victim of abuse during the pandemic
Victims should know that even during the pandemic, all hotlines are still open for reports, and courts, even despite being closed for many public matters, are still open for emergencies, including for victims of abuse in need of restraining orders. Even if it is harder to find time away from an abuser, the courts and hotlines are still there as support systems. Shelters are also still open for people to escape their home situations. Police are still also operating and capable of fielding calls.
In addition, divorces are still able to be processed during the pandemic and social distancing. While certain aspects of divorce cases may be slower than normal, you are still able to file for divorce and go through the process even if under a shelter in place order.
For more information about the steps you can take to seek protection from an abusive partner during the coronavirus pandemic, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.