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Editor's e-Note
The pandemic has had far-reaching effects. It’s touched nearly every corner of life, most of it negatively.

During Domestic Violence Awareness month, it’s important to recognize the toll abusers are taking on their victims during these harsh times. This month’s E-News Exclusive addresses how stay-at-home orders are exacerbating an already serious problem.

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e-News Exclusive
Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19
By Renee Borghesi, LSW

Note: To reflect the statistical majority, this article uses language referring to male perpetrators and female survivors.

Six months ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early stages, research from several sources was correctly predicting that the number of domestic violence incidents would surge during lockdown. People were paying attention. According to a recent article, “Experts have characterized an ‘invisible pandemic’ of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis as a ‘ticking time bomb’ or a ‘perfect storm.’”

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

During the pandemic, we are experiencing loss. Many things are beyond our control and people are struggling with loss in all forms, including in-person connections, employment, financial stability, community resources, sports, and the freedom to walk outside the house without a mask. It’s a lot of stress and anxiety for anyone. But for perpetrators who depend on that sense of power and control, the situation can only exacerbate their reactions and behaviors.

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New Website Offers Shelter Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors With Pets

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announces a comprehensive website that aims to help domestic violence survivors and their pets escape abusive situations. Launched during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the newly revamped Safe Havens Mapping Project is a directory of more than 1,200 sheltering services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that will assist individuals experiencing domestic violence in placing their companion animals out of harm’s way so that they may seek safety for themselves.

The listings, which are searchable by zip code and will be updated regularly, feature organizations that either provide sheltering services for the animals of domestic violence victims, have a relationship with an entity that does, or provide referrals to such facilities. They include humane societies, veterinary offices, foster homes, and domestic violence shelters that house humans and pets together. Pets’ exact locations will be kept confidential to protect them and their family members.

“No domestic violence victim should be forced to remain in a terrifying situation or abandon a beloved pet because there is nowhere else to turn,” says AWI President Cathy Liss. “This website not only offers the largest directory of safe havens nationwide; it is packed with useful resources for families in crisis, domestic violence shelter personnel, law enforcement, and others.”

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