Fewer domestic violence survivors seeking help during COVID-19 pandemic
Professionals who help domestic violence survivors said those in abusive situations are finding it difficult to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, fewer survivors are seeking services.
At the same time, local community resources are stepping up their efforts to help survivors, even as the pandemic has strained financial resources.
The isolation imposed by the pandemic means some survivors are finding it difficult to seek help.
From March 1 to Sept. 30, 2020, Blue Water Safe Horizons provided 147 services, compared to 350 services in the same time period in 2019.