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How the pandemic may affect intimate partner violence; and help in times of uncertainty


April 16, 2020

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Left: Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, YWCA Walla Walla Executive Director. Right: Mary Byrd, YWCA Directory of Client Services

The National Domestic Violence Hotline's website provides a list of ways that the virus could uniquely affect intimate partner violence survivors:

Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.

Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.

Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.

Travel restrictions may impact a sur...

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