Domestic abuse increasing due to coronavirus pandemic according to survivor advocates

Advocates for domestic violence survivors say domestic abuse is increasing in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Legal Aid of Western Ohio, there are tens of thousands of domestic violence related calls to police in Ohio every year.

Adding circumstances like a child remote learning or a parent working from home, and there's an increased risk for victims of domestic abuse.

"Some people will say 'I'm not a victim of domestic violence' because they don't really understand what that means," said Lucinda Weller, an attorney for Legal Aid of Western Ohio. "It doesn't have to mean just hitting. Often times there can be economic abuse."

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