Violence escalates during pandemic isolation

The Highlander | by Lisa Gervais

The YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – which operates the women’s shelter in Minden – said support and crisis services for women experiencing violence are still available.

In an April 9 press release, they said they have implemented COVID-19 screening assessments, disinfecting, physical distancing, and isolation practices since shelters, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are more important than ever.

“Staying at home is causing increased risk of harm to women who are now trapped and have fewer opportunities to get help,” they said. “Here and around the world, women who have been able to escape abusers or call for help report that the violence escalated during periods of pandemic isolation. Calls to women’s shelters and crisis lines are increasing.” (Read more…)