Others were forced to move back in with their abusers after finding themselves having to choose between being abused or being homeless.
“Survivors have always faced numerous barriers in building independence after leaving an abusive relationship
, but the pandemic has really exasperated those factors for survivors
,” Stylianou said
“The ways in which social isolation has limited survivors’ access to family members, community members, childcare systems have closed, education isn’t fully available in person, there’s a lack of jobs available — it’s always been an issue, but the financial and educational impact of Covid-19 has made it much worse.”
Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
, a service that connects victims of domestic violence with local resources
24 hours a day
“Communities should also think about how they can support survivors and use resources to help them find employment, housing, and transportation,” Stylianou said.
“Reach out to family, 朋友们, community members and ask how they’re doing and if they’re feeling safe. A connection to their community is a major protective factor for victims of domestic abuse.”
Resources for victims of domestic violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
可用的 24/7. Can connect callers with local resources and immediate support. Also available through online chat tool.
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
Provided by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). 可用的 24/7. Also available through online chat tool.
Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741
可用的 24/7 for victims of abuse and any other type of crisis.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
可用的 24/7 在 170 different languages.
Office on Women’s Health Helpline 1-800-994-9662
A resource provided by the US Department of Health & Human Services.