More nations are calling for their citizens to stay home due to the COVID19 pandemic, and with the quarantine, came a sudden rise in domestic violence calls and reports.
Ever since people were forced to stay home during these hard times, American cities including eastern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon, Boston, Massachussettes, Charlotte, North Carolina, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, San Antonio, Texas, Omaha, Nebraska, and Chicago, Illinois have been facing spikes in domestic violence and abuse calls.
With shelters for the homeless as well as help centers for abuse survivors, skimming their residents due to the risk of the coronavirus spreading, many survivors, in the face of homelessness, were forced to go back to the environment they've escaped.
Many families who seek sanctuary at school, work, sports, or any other after-school extracurricular activities that call most of their attention, leaving the minimum to the home life, now find themselves indoors for the majority of their day, for weeks, leaving them susceptible to the abuse they were avoiding.
No matter the reason for staying in an unhealthy home life or leaving and then going back, one thing is certain, the amount of abuse has increased in some states, with other states reporting an increase of almost double the amount of calls than before the pandemic.
Another concern, gun sales around the nation have also peaked, due to what many assume is a product of the pandemic. Though no one knows for sure why gun sales are rising, much like toilet paper and milk, one thing is for sure, the gun sales alongside unsafe homes are a dangerous combination.
According to CNN, “Of the 20 large metropolitan police departments that provided data to CNN, nine saw double-digit percentage jumps in domestic violence cases or 911 calls in March,...” alone.
CNN also provides a comparison in jumps between Boston and Seattle, with a 21-22% spike since March 2019, and Portland, Oregon with 27% between March 12th and March 23rd 2020... just 11 days.
Another report, calls to Illinois’s Domestic Violence Hotline, have reached its highest daily calls within the past week than it ever has in its 20 years of running, city officials reported to CNN.
A high amount of calls to these help centers is bad, however, a low amount of calls to the centers is worse, due to the fact that since the victim and the abusers are forced to spend more time near each other in smaller spaces such as their homes, the victim isn't really able to call in for help or advice without the chance of getting caught. Others have children to tend to.
Reported: “a Seattle domestic violence hotline...saw a 34% drop in typical call volume during the daytime on weekdays, but a 13% jump in calls at night.” a time when his/her abuser is asleep.
Not much can be done for abuse victims due to the economic crisis most or all Americans and American businesses are facing and will continue to face in the future, the fact that most shelters are emptying their facilities or cutting off the maximum amount of residents, and of course ,the higher risk of catching the disease if without shelter, and unfortunately, hotline officials report a suspected rise in domestic abuse calls even after the quarantine is over.