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'Shelter In Place' Has Increased Domestic Violence Calls. What Support Is Available?

Carlos Avila Gonzalez / SF Chronicle
La Casa de las Madres office in San Francisco.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re hearing how people experiencing domestic violence are receiving support while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations around the globe are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls.

Here in the US, according to the California’s Women Health Survey, approximately 40 percent of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, and about three quarters of women who’ve been victimized say they had children at home. What resources are available for those who do not feel safe sheltering in place? What systemic changes need to happen to truly address this crisis?


Esha Dholia, education & volunteer manager at La Casa de las Madres.

Jill Zawisza, executive director at WOMAN, Inc.

Web Resources:

SF Chronicle, Michael Cabanatuan: Domestic violence rises in Bay Area during coronavirus shutdown, victim advocates say

NPR, Scott Neuman: Global Lockdowns Resulting In 'Horrifying Surge' In Domestic Violence, U.N. Warns

NY Times, Amanda Taub: A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide

If you or someone you know needs help or support right now, La Casa de las Madres' 24/7 hotline is: 877-503-1850 or text 415-200-3575. WOMAN, Inc.'s 24/7 hotline is: 877-384-3578.