In quarantine with an abuser: surge in domestic violence reports linked to coronavirus

News Story (NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)

Sarah Fielding
April 3, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Legal Assistance


Domestic violence cases typically spike in times of economic crisis – and with most of the US told to stay home, hotlines are worried victims can’t leave. One caller to a domestic violence hotline reported that her husband threatened to throw her out into the street if she coughed. Another reported they had been strangled by their partner, but feared going to the hospital because of the threat of coronavirus. An immunocompromised man from Pennsylvania called in after his emotionally abusive girlfriend began hiding cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer from him.