BANGOR — Violence at home is increasing since the pandemic began.
Six months of social distancing and isolation have created challenges for women and children in an abusive situations.
Victim advocates say couples working remotely or not even having a job can trigger violent behavior from abusers.
According to an advocate at Partners for Peace, domestic violence cases have skyrocketed.
“Survivors and victims of domestic violence have said to us that COVID-19, being home, quarantined has certainly increased their isolation and increased the danger that they are in,” said Casey Faulkingham, community response team leader of Partners for Peace.
Financial issues and unemployment are stressors that can ignite violent outbursts.
According to the Penobscot County District Attorney, there are resources available for people even in the midst of a pandemic.
“Our partners, people at like Partners for Peace and great response, they are open for business. Have we changed the way we are providing services? Absolutely, because we want to keep people safe,” said Marianne Lynch, Penobscot County’s District Attorney. “So things like having Zoom calls, providing services that way, shelter beds are available and services are available.”
Reporting the situation can be difficult for women and children.
According to Faulkingham, violence, abuse and trauma can have a lasting impact on the young victims.
“Lots of children have lots of resilience and are able to bounce back and act pretty normally, but for some other children you can notice some behavior that is odd to you,” said Faulkingham.
Both experts strongly urge for people to reach out for help or call 911 if you are dealing with any forms of domestic violence.