COVID-19 crisis complicates intimate partner violence issues, lawyers say

COVID-19 crisis complicates intimate partner violence issues, lawyers say

Ian Burns interviewed Luke’s Place on the impact of COVID-19 on women living with violence. The article appears on TheLawyersDaily.ca.

“Let’s say hypothetically I was in an abusive relationship, but I had a job, or my partner worked outside the home and our kids were at school. There would at least be some time during the day where I would not be in the same space as he was,” she said. “And now we have situations where, except for people in essential services, we are at home — schools are closed, parks and libraries aren’t open. And these women are often confined to a very small space with the person who has been abusing them.”

Pamela Cross continues:

“Everybody is under stress, even those of us who have jobs because we don’t know how long this situation will continue and we don’t have our usual contact with family and friends,” she said. “Those people who are not employed have financial stress, many of us have worries about aging parents and whether or not they will get sick. So, all of those factors put together with the additional time a woman may be with her abuser contribute to the elevated levels of abuse.”

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