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Domestic Violence Rates Surge During COVID-19

Posted in Blog on April 17, 2020

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As the world learns how to navigate through life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to see the unintended effects it is having on people’s physical and mental health. Stopping the spread of the virus forced millions of people across the world to take shelter in their homes. For many families, this isn’t a problem. But, for many others, forcing a person to stay at home can be even more dangerous.

Countries across the world have seen a “horrifying surge” in domestic violence reports. Requiring people to stay at home creates the ideal opportunity for an abuser to commit acts of abuse against family members who cannot easily go elsewhere. With the virus taking over hospitals across the world, victims are often left with the difficult choice between seeking necessary medical attention or other protection and risking exposure to the virus. We often think of domestic violence as only physical abuse. But, domestic violence can take many forms. During COVID-19, there have been reports of abusers restricting access to hand sanitizer, soap, and showers, as well as forcing victims into further isolation from their loved ones.

The State of Maryland closed all courts to the public until May 1, 2020, with very limited exceptions. But, one of those exceptions is for persons seeking protection from domestic violence. If you are suffering from domestic violence, we at Arn Family Law are here to help. The House of Ruth, Maryland is open and available 24 hours a day to provide information, support and access to shelter. If you are in danger of imminent physical harm, immediately call 911.