When lockdown is not actually safer: intimate partner violence and COVID-19



This article provides insight on the dangers COVID-19 restrictions can have on women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). With stay-at-home orders put into effect, women are forced to stay locked indoors with their abusers, without access to safe shelter or their personal support systems. The article also highlights the risks and benefits for women looking to leave an abusive relationship, and provides readers with resources and next steps they can take if themselves or others are experiencing violence.

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Eve Valera
The lives of these women are often filled with fear and danger under normal circumstances, but during this new normal of the global pandemic, the lives of these very often “invisible victims” are at an increased risk for more violence — and even murder

Weighing the Risks and Benefits

Although women experiencing IPV feel the desire to leave, they may not have any place to turn. Choosing whether to endure abuse that has the potential to escalate, may seem like a better option than potentially contracting covid and having to seek medical help. Both of these options are rather undesirable and leave many women to make a seemingly impossible decision.




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