Coronavirus self-isolation could lead to increased domestic violence: N.S. agencies

With COVID-19 cases increasing daily across the country, the message from health officials and politicians is constant – stay at home. While the message may seem simple, to people living in difficult relationships, it can be much more complicated.

“That assumes that everyone has a home, or a stable home, or a safe home,” said Cheryl MacIssac, program director at Adsum for Women and Children.

“Even those who do have a home, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe.”

According to Statistics Canada, in 2016 just over a quarter of all violent crimes in the country resulted from family violence, and 67 percent of family violence victims were women or girls.

With more families being told to self-isolate and stay at home there are concerns there could be an increase in domestic abuse.

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