Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, between March 16 and May 16, 2020, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline saw a 9% increase in calls. Now, 10 months into the pandemic, California prosecutors are alarmed at the continued increase of domestic violence cases they are handling. The pandemic has been hard on relationships and people’s mental health, and domestic violence incidents have risen as a result.
Factors that led to increased domestic violence
Some of the factors that led to an increase in domestic violence arrests during the pandemic include the following:
- Job losses
- Loss of social interaction beyond the home
- More people working at home, thus spending more time together
- Increase in stress due to managing online schooling for children and more time that children were stuck at home
Relationships that already had problems became more difficult amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. Those trapped in challenging relationships seemingly had no place to go in order to get the fresh start they needed. This can lead to more conflict among the partners, causing things to escalate into charges should an arrest be necessary.
What to do when facing domestic violence charges
If you now are facing domestic violence charges after an incident that occurred amid the pandemic, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. You want to minimize your chances of receiving a domestic violence conviction, which can alter your life forever. With an attorney’s help, you can seek the best possible outcome when facing domestic violence charges.
Your attorney can review the charges against you to see if your charges can be reduced. An attorney also can prepare a strong defense to help you avoid domestic violence conviction. Finally, an attorney can advise you on the particular restrictions in place regarding protective orders, and help you understand what actions may result in additional penalties or charges if the order is violated.