THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CARE
As unemployment during Covid-19 increased, so did violence against women and children. As Dr. Martinez notes in the interview, “on lockdown, being sheltered in place in the home, with your partner or with the children, it just creates a very stressful situation.”
The increase in reports of domestic violence calls attention to the need for appropriate support for the victims. Nonprofits staffed with qualified behavioral health providers are struggling, but their work is more important than ever.
The United Nations calls COVID-related domestic violence against women, which increased around the globe, a “shadow pandemic.” Recognizing the magnitude of the problem and the toll it takes on families and communities is an important first step in helping to bring an end to domestic violence.