More than 10 million women and men experience violence from an intimate partner. Amid the pandemic and lockdown orders, new research has found that incidences of domestic violence and abuse spiked across the country, and advocates and experts say it’s a crisis that’s only getting worse. Today on Insight, the rise in domestic abuse and violence during the pandemic, what’s being done about it, and the challenges in helping survivors.
- USA Today National Housing and Social Services Reporter Romina Ruiz-Goiriena with her reporting on how the new federal stimulus bill could help women and children leave abusers and why violence rose after pandemic lockdowns
- Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney at the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Unit Dawn Bladet talks about how her office has adapted during lockdown orders to help survivors and why domestic violence and attempted strangulations are rising in Sacramento County
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Director of Programs Jacquie Marroquin discusses the domestic violence and abuse rates in California, demographics, and why providers are also struggling to maintain services amid increased demand
- WEAVE, Inc. Director of Legal Services Allison Kephart on the legal challenges for survivors amid more reopenings and how the legal system can better address the rise in domestic violence and abuse cases.
Note: If you or someone you know has or is experiencing domestic violence or abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org.