While many of us found safety in the comfort of our homes during the outbreak of COVID-19, for some, the reality of becoming infected with COVID-19 was safer than being trapped indoors with their abuser. But for many more, the lack of resources available for housing, transportation, and childcare meant that they had to stay in close quarters to their abusive partner or relative.
Experts are now saying this domestic violence plague will far outlive the novel coronavirus. As many domestic violence survivors enter into the safety of YWCA USA, which has dozens of shelters for abuse victims nationwide, the organization has had to adapt how it handles clients who come for refuge but have experienced signs of COVID-19.
In an interview with NBC News, Sharon Roberson, president of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, explains that the urgency to protect these individuals and their children has intensified during the outbreaks, adding that they’ve had to handle not only the COVID-19 restrictions but also the increase in crisis calls from clients.
This is not the first catastrophe that has impacted domestic violence victims. In 2017, similar trends in domestic violence statistics emerged during and after Hurricane Harvey.
But with COVID-19 still on our minds and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in effect, what are domestic violence victims supposed to do?
Resources in Tennessee
As life begins in this new normal, many Americans are seeking resources to gain safety from their abusers. In Tennessee, the following resources are available for domestic violence victims in need:
- Shelters in Tennessee
- State Laws
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224; or text LOVEIS to 22522
- TN Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence
In addition to these shelters and advocates, remember that local police are just a phone call away. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your life, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. You are not alone in this.
Contact our Nashville Domestic Violence Lawyers Today
During these tumultuous times, it may be hard to come forward if you are in an abusive relationship. Though you may not know where to go or who to turn to, know that you are not alone. If you are a domestic violence victim in Nashville, Springfield, or anywhere in Middle Tennessee, know that you have options. Contact the domestic violence lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC immediately for a confidential consultation and get the help you need. We can help you create a PFA or get you the legal support you need to be freed from your abuser once and for all. Call us today. We are here for you.