What Happens To Domestic Abuse Victims When The Abusers Are Homebound? | KALW

What Happens To Domestic Abuse Victims When The Abusers Are Homebound?

Mar 24, 2020

Victims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable in this health crisis because abusive partners are now not leaving for work or working from home. Even if support groups and shelters are open, a victim has to be able to make that call, which may not happen if the abuser is home all day. 

I called up Bindu Fernandes, executive director of Narika, a domestic violence nonprofit in Fremont. They primarily work with immigrant women, a population, she says, that’s especially vulnerable.

"The fact that people are in closer proximity -- forced closer proximity -- to the people causing them harm is a big, big issue."

If someone you know needs help, call their hotline: 1-800-215-7308. 

If you can help with sheltering, get in touch by emailing narika@narika.org.

Click the play button above to listen to the full interview.