Domestic Violence May Be on the Rise in LA During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 20, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to stay at home, there's been a spike in calls to L.A. County's domestic violence hotline, as well as to some shelters for abused women. 

"We've assisted clients with restraining orders where the abuse dynamic was very much COVID specific," said Julianna Lee, supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. "In one case, it's where the abuser is frequently going in and out of the home and making the household more vulnerable to [COVID-19] exposure intentionally."

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