How to Handle Domestic Violence While Social Distancing
Today I want to talk to you a little bit about social distancing and the effects it is having on domestic-violence issues. Social-distancing measures amid the COVID-19 outbreak, although they are essential to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, has also served to worsen major issues and cause major issues for domestic-violence victims. Our office alone has received many domestic violence related calls from victims who are now isolated from friends and families due to social distancing. Shelters are also reporting that they’re having huge increases in domestic-violence calls. Because of social distancing, and the precautious measures put in place, these victims are in essence trapped at home with their abusers.
If you are in this situation, here are a few things that I think you should know:
- Nevada takes domestic-violence issues very seriously, therefore protective orders are considered essential services. The courts can still, during this pandemic, order abusers to move out of their homes to prevent any injury to persons, family, children, husbands, wives, etc.
- Domestic-violence shelters are also considered essential services and their 24-hour hotlines are still operating as of now.
- Further, the domestic-violence shelters are conducting group counseling and training programs online and over the telephone.
- Finally, remember that at this point, shelters are also still continuing to assist victims in transitioning them from a dangerous situation into a better place to be. So if you need assistance, please call and know that there are people available to help.
So even though we are going through this pandemic, know that if you are in danger, if your children are in danger, and you need to be removed from that situation, especially now as emotions are running even higher, please reach out, there is help available. Help yourself, help your children, and know that people are there to assist you during this time.
If you have questions or concerns regarding domestic abuse, or any other family law related issue as it relates to the COVID19 pandemic, please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your particular situation in detail. To schedule a consultation, reach our office at (702) 998-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by scheduling a consultation online.