Has COVID-19 caused a disaster within a disaster? While many were focused on saving the lives of those stricken by the virus, other were being killed by their intimate partners. What happens when there is nowhere to run? How can one reach out for help, when everyone they would have reached out to is also isolated? How can one find out if they’re being abused, if the resources they used to have access to have been depleted? Once the jobs are taken away, homes; internet; cell phones; cars and the like are soon to follow. What happens when one loses their identity as they know it? Depression and a lack of self-control become more visible, where they once were able to be hidden. When there is a lack of self-control and a lack of resources to help sustain self-control, some seek to address mounting issues the best way they know how. And, as we’ve seen in past circumstances, sometimes their best just isn’t good enough.
Sharlette A. Kellum
"“COVID-19 and the Increase in Domestic Violence”,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 21:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol21/iss2/1