During the COVID-19 Pandemic, people are learning how to practice social distancing, self-isolation, and in some cases total quarantine in order to flatten the curve and protect more people from getting sick, dying, and ultimately overcrowding health care facilities. However, social distancing and staying at home can present a serious challenge for people living with abusive partners, family members, or others! For many, this pandemic could mean a rise in intimate partner violence or domestic abuse - whether it means verbal, emotional abuse, or physical violence.
Statistics surrounding domestic abuse from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) say that on average, approximately 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Furthermore, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with severe impacts.
Abuse is about power and control, and an abuser can and will use any tool to exert just that, including a national health concern - such as the COVID-19. With the restrictions on social gatherings and changes in the workplace, we can almost expect victims to be exposed to more violence during this time. If you think you are being abused, please call 911 immediately!
More than ever, domestic violence organizations across the country are implementing ways to help fight abuse during this pandemic. The Randolph County Family Crisis Center, located in Asheboro, North Carolina, announced this week they added a crisis text line - which gives anyone being abused an option to reach out to trained professionals who can help prepare a safety plan and provide emotional support without their abuser hearing them talk.
We encourage anyone being abused to utilize resources such as 24/7 crisis line and 24/7 crisis text to receive the support and help that they deserve during this pandemic. Organizations are working around the clock to ensure readily available resources during a national crisis! These resources are there for anyone experiencing abuse to use!
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 for confidential support
Randolph County Family Crisis Center Crisis Line: (336) 629-4159 or text (336) 521-8021
Visit www.randolphfcc.org for a printable safety plan.