COVID-19 and an Increase in Domestic Violence
During this uncertain time with the COVID-19 pandemic, I am fortunate to be able to stay at home with my family as much as my workload allows and feel safe. That is not true for everyone in our community: There are spouses at home with abusive spouses, there are siblings at home with abusive siblings, and there are family members at home with abusive family members. And, probably most disturbing, there are children at home with abusive parents or other family members.
Since the Sedgwick County COVID-19 stay at home order went into effect on March 25, our community has seen an increase in domestic violence cases. The American Psychological Association predicts that the increased stress and uncertainty can lead to unsafety in homes where violence has not previously been an issue.
During this time of isolation and stay at home orders, those in a violent situation may feel like the world and our community have shut down and that he or she has no outlets to call on for help. This is not true. There are a number of places they can call for help. Below is a link to some of those outlets to call on for help. Remember, if you see something, say something.
- Sedgwick County – Call 911
- Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter – 263-6000
- Wichita Family Crisis Crisis Center – 267-7233
- Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center – 263-3002
- StepStone – 265-1611
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
If you or a family member are seeking help, please contact me at 316-267-2000.