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

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

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.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.