In addition, many victims may have lost their job, making it economically more difficult to leave the abusive relationship.
According to statistics released by the United Nations, reports of domestic violence in France increased 30 percent following the country’s lockdown on March 17; during the first two weeks of lockdowns in Spain, the emergency number for domestic violence received 18 percent more calls; and help lines in Singapore have received 30 percent more calls. As NBC News reported, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have seen domestic violence cases rise up to 35 percent in recent weeks.
Domestic violence hotlines are developing new strategies to support victims who are in lockdown such as online chat or texting.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline via text or call at 1-800-799-7233.