There has been an increase in family and friends calling on behalf of a victim of domestic abuse, the non-profit group Victims Advocates Reaching Out stated.
This surge is directly related to COVID as the abuser is more than likely always home, making it unsafe for the abused to reach out, VARO Office Manager Karen Carpenter said.
According to Carpenter, 90 people sought help because they or someone close to them has been abused.
“The big impact is if everybody is at home and the abuser is a family member, they are at home with them. By the way, the abuser can be female or male. You think of it more as male but it can be either one. And so it makes it more difficult when they are there all the time because again it’s difficult to call for help. It’s difficult to even call and get advice, it’s difficult if it’s a very controlling relationship and they don’t want the person calling anyone,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter says that if you are in an abusive home, wait until it’s safe and give them a call at 477-5552. Someone will be on the line to answer, listen, and help.