The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many into shelter-in-place or quarantine situations to flatten the curve and curb the virus' spread. Unfortunately, asking citizens to stay safe at home isn't always realistic. If you or a loved one are being abused during this time, learn more about how a lawyer can help below.
How Coronavirus Is Affecting Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse can take many forms, including emotional and physical violence, as well as controlling and manipulative behavior. While domestic abuse can happen anytime, anywhere, incidents have increased significantly in recent months as COVID-19 quarantine measures have forced some domestic abuse survivors to remain in close quarters with their abusers.
Increased stress and financial strain resulting from the pandemic may also contribute to heightened emotions in the household, prompting more negative behaviors. Furthermore, lockdown in some areas has made it more difficult for victims to reach out to lawyers or other resources for help.
How to Get Help
Even in areas with strict lockdown and quarantine measures, governments generally state there will be no penalty for people who need to leave the house to avoid injury or escape harm. It's important to remember your safety is a priority, regardless of the outside circumstances.
Domestic abuse aid organizations are still operating as usual, as are lawyers, law enforcement, and courts. If you or someone you know are in danger, call a helpline, such as 911 or the national domestic abuse hotline at (877) 785-2020. If you're not in a life-threatening situation and wish to take legal action, call a lawyer for guidance on how to get to make your environment safer. In many places, judges are even offering restraining orders virtually to help people in such circumstances.
If you’re a Boston area resident in need of a lawyer, turn to the compassionate professionals at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. This experienced team can help you at every stage of the process, whether you need guidance in securing a restraining order or require full legal representation for a case. Call (617) 778-1000 to schedule a consultation, or visit their website to learn more about how these attorneys can help you.