April 9, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, Immigration, Native American
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)
For advocates working with survivors during this unprecedented upheaval in American life, there is a horrific calculation that must take place in order to figure out how best to help a family. Any situation that was occurring before COVID-19 “is now multiplying,” said Maribel Martinez-Gunter of Legal Services New York City, adding that she and her colleagues have to “anticipate fatalities” by taking a family’s stressors into account: Was there prior abuse in the home? Are there substance dependency issues in the home? What are the economic stressors—are people unemployed, did they lose their job as a result of the pandemic, or have they become “essential workers” overnight? Is there a technological divide, making parents feel like they can’t support their children who have shifted to online learning?