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How can I help someone I know who is experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19?

While COVID-19 has kept people away from each other, it hasn’t kept away domestic abuse. Lockdowns and quarantine measures have actually increased the dangers of domestic abuse and violence. The closures of schools and child care has added to the stress at home.

If you know someone experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has the following tips to help someone in need:

  • Ask them how they would like to connect
  • Stay in touch
  • Be supportive
  • Help them think about how to stay safe during COVID19
  • Help find a local domestic violence helpline

The following organizations are equipped to provide resources to victims:

For more resources, refer to: What resources exist for domestic violence victims?

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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