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Violence During a Pandemic: Domestic Abuse Rising

In March 2020, the United States of America went down due to the CoronaVirus. This Virus caused America to go on pause. And while this was a blessing for some, it was also a curse for others. Many people lost jobs and were forced to stay home. With places being shut down and people confined to being home, concerns were raised about domestic violence with partners. Being stuck at home with an abusive partner can create fear that only some can imagine.

 Domestic Violence is a form of abuse; it can be the abuse of a spouse or partner, also known as intimate partner violence. According to MedlinePlus, it could be the abuse of a child, older relative, or another family memberDomestic Violence can come in many different shapes and forms, but there are five physical Violence, Sexual Violence, emotional Violence, economic abuse, and stalking. All of these types of abuse are entirely different but equally serious. 

 How do I know if their partners are abusing my friend or family members? There are many things you can look for if you think they won’t answer truthfully. First, observe their behavior to see if they are more jumpy than average or have a shorter temper than usual. Second, see if they have any bruises or cuts that can’t be explained. Please don’t fall for the I ran into the pole. Third, see if they make excuses for their partner like ‘He has rough days at work’ or ‘she always apologizes after’ those are both big giveaways of abuse. While you should observe your loved one, you should also follow the abuser, if possible. See if they are over-controlling your loved one’s actions or even their choice of clothing. Pay attention to the abuser’s choice of wording and tone around your loved one. These signs are vital to pay attention to simply because of the seriousness of the issue. 

 According to MedlinePlus, if you see any of these characteristics in your loved ones, here are some ways that you can help.

  • Call 911  

  • Set up a time to talk

  • Be patient 

And lastly, If you are suffering from domestic abuse, know that you are not alone. There are so many people willing to help to get out of the situation you are in. However, you have to make the first step. Talk to a loved one, find help in your community, call a ‘helpline for free, and anonymous help. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TTY).’ (Medlineplus)

Korrin Swinton is a first year journalism major at the illustrious Hampton University. Korrin expresses herself through her writing and visual art. She aspires to be a professional journalists and creative director for a magazine. She also does special occasions and special effects makeup on her free-time. To see all her work follow her via Instagram: @LookByRin.
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