To many, COVID-19 has sheltered them in a state of boredom, confinement, and spiritlessness. Others, however, have been imprisoned in a state of danger, uncertainty, and domestic abuse at the hands of their partner.
Domestic abuse is more prevalent in situations involving drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, or emotional isolation, all of which have drastically increased since the start of the pandemic. In just 38 counties of North Carolina, the number of domestic violence reports have increased — from 22776 before the pandemic to 24760 after it began.
While domestic violence cases most [...]