Across the world, victims of domestic violence and abuse are trapped at home with their abusers. Victims – child and adult victims – are at further risk for abuse. But there are resources and there is help.
A recent article from The Atlantic perfectly summarizes the issue in its final line, “Now that people who live with abusers are truly distanced from those who could help them, it’s becoming clear how isolated they were all along.”
The piece also shines a light on another aspect of this issue – neglect. “Not only are more children locked in with their abusers, but the strain of caring for children around the clock could nudge many previously non-abusive parents over the line. Isolation and parental stress are major risk factors for child abuse…. Child neglect is far more common than child abuse, and as parents are unable to get childcare or pay the bills, instances of children being left alone or without sufficient food may also be on the rise.”
If you or someone you know is sheltering in a dangerous place, there is both hope and help.
Victims can make private calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can use TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Or, you can contact RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at 800.656.HOPE or visit www.rainn.org to chat one-on-one with a trained RAINN support specialist, any time 24/7.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.