The pandemic brought about a sharp rise in mental health concerns, deep unemployment and an unprecedented amount of social isolation – a potentially deadly combination alongside rising gun sales.
A change in how witnesses, victims and authorities respond to domestic violence reports paired with limited social services placed victims in a vulnerable position during the pandemic.
Coronavirus made these two problems worse during the first wave. We need to be better prepared for the second.
Domestic violence is always a problem, but especially during the pandemic. A recent study found that friends and family can help, but they, too, need support.