In the past, we have discussed what happens when you co-parent with your abuser
. As governments around the world mandate self-quarantine and self-isolation periods, as well are the increasing school closures, many people are finding themselves spending more time at home than usual. For some, the recommendation to stay home also means staying with an abuser.
Domestic abuse cases have skyrocketed in China
as the country has been living in quarantine, and it is likely to impact many families around the world as more isolation periods are enforced. Isolation and financial abuse are often factors in abusive relationships
, both of which are possible ramifications from this international pandemic.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
recommends creating a safety plan
that may involve staying with friends or family or moving to a different location. Reach out to others if you are feeling isolated and do your best to keep in contact over the phone, via social media, or through text.
If you are in quarantine with an abuser, or you are concerned for your child’s welfare, please contact your lawyer or emergency services if it is urgent.
If you or someone you know needs help but is not in immediate danger, you can contact:
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.