COVID-19 has impacted us all. We have seen it touch the lives of our clients, our families, our friends, and ourselves.
DID YOU KNOW?
During this pandemic, more than 40 states issued some form of stay-at-home order. This time has significantly impacted victims of Domestic Violence, especially if confined with the person who uses violence.
Numerous media reports indicated huge spikes in calls to Interpersonal Violence hotlines, sometimes doubling and tripling the typical number of requests for help, after stay-in-place orders were mandated.
Domestic Violence is rooted in the person who uses violence exercising power and control over their partner. The Power and Control wheel showcases general tactics in domestic violence relationships. COVID-19 has influenced additional tactics used such as violating boundaries, preying on fear of contagion, interfering with efforts to care for or support loved ones, justifying control as a necessity, and using COVID-19 as an excuse for abuse. Please find additional tactics and information here: https://www.bwjp.org/news/coercive-control-covid-19.html
Casa Central’s Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) team provides Domestic Violence Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Safety Planning, and Linkage to resources and community partners. During the pandemic, VPI has seen a significant increase in Domestic Violence referrals. If any program or community partner would like to learn more about domestic violence, the VPI team would be happy to facilitate a training or conversation.
Contact our VPI team at 773.645.2300 or click here for more information about this program.
Please take time during #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth to reflect, learn, advocate, and support to break the cycle of violence.
Valera, Eve (2020, July 07). When lockdown is not actually safer: Intimate partner violence during COVID-19.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Tune in to learn more about Domestic Violence on the Casa Central Podcast.
- October 14- DV Awareness Month/Staying Safe
- October 28- DV Awareness Month/Conversations with the Community