When Home Isn't Safe: Shelter-In-Place for Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Many of us have been primarily staying at home for weeks now, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While essential workers risk their lives to bring medical care to those in need, and to keep grocery stores stocked for everyone, many Americans are staying inside. That’s important for public health, but for some, that’s keeping them closer to dangerous situations, and further from help and resources.

That’s especially true for victims of domestic violence and child abuse. And for many, support systems and resources that might normally be available to them are becoming overwhelmed, or are now even harder to access.

But around the world, governments and organizations are looking for solutions to protect vulnerable people who are unsafe in their homes. Many women’s shelters, for example, have found ways to stay open.

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, and Nadereh Salim is the CEO of the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. 

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