Each minute in the U.S., almost 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner. That is more than 10 million women and men in a single year.
Adjusting to a COVID world has been difficult, but even more so for domestic violence victims forced to shelter in place with an abuser. With unemployment, eviction, job loss, and sickness, coronavirus brought a new surge of domestic violence (DV) cases to the U.S. Already, one in three women and one in four men are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Melanie Carlson, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University studying domestic violence and poverty, comments, “These acts of abuse can impact survivors long after they have a lengthy abusive relationship, including decreased earnings and educational attainment.”
It’s no wonder that survivors of domestic violence can struggle with adjusting to a safe and secure world post-abuse.
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