Unfortunately, domestic violence related cases have been present long before shelter in place and quarantine orders were handed down by mayors across the United States. In fact, whether verbal, physical or both, domestic violence is a very real part of the lives of some of the couples in the areas we service. Stress and uncertainty of every matters such as household income, job stability and the current state of this viral epidemic can all be significant contributors to domestic violence and increase the likelihood that an already tumultuous relationship can be especially dangerous.
A USA Today article by Alia Dastagir looked at this very issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have been victims of domestic violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 9 out of 10 of these incidents happen in the home of the victim, friend or relative.
Experts are concerned that stay at home and quarantine orders are creating unsafe conditions for persons that are victims of domestic violence. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, when survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser, it can create circumstances where their safety is compromised, and they may need to alter their safety plan. Domestic violence is about control. In a pandemic such as this, people feel as though they’re losing control and search for ways to cope. However, when an abuser feels powerless, it puts their victim at risk. Another factor is that with social distancing, the abused partner is loosing their access to their support system such and family, friends and co-workers. Abusers are now telling their partners that they can’t go out or make contact with their social network because of the COVID-19 virus.
As divorce, custody, mediation, adoption and child support attorneys in the Atlanta, Marietta and Douglasville area, The Faucette Law Firm consults with client on a regular basis that have been victims on domestic violence. We represent and assist clients with obtaining temporary and permanent protective orders that prohibit contact in the event of physical abuse. Most importantly, it is important to seek the advice an an experienced attorney for these matters. We are able to do phone consultations and video conferencing. If you have a question about any family law, divorce, or custody related matter contact us today.