According to the NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence), 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. Domestic Violence accounts for nearly fifteen percent of all violent crime in the United States. On a typical day, in excess of 20,000 calls are placed to Domestic Violence hotlines nationwide. COVID-19 has subsequently contributed to the increase in Domestic disturbances. The number of domestic violence incidents in the US increased by 8.1% after lockdown orders were issued, according to analysis released by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) on Feb. 24, 2021. While COVID-19-related lockdowns may have decreased the spread of a deadly virus, they appear to have created an ideal environment for increased domestic violence. Extra stress in the COVID-19 pandemic caused by income loss, and lack of ability to pay for housing and food has exacerbated the often silent epidemic of intimate partner violence. COVID-19 has created an environment where victims and aggressors, or potential aggressors in a relationship, cannot easily separate themselves from each other thus resulting in persons relieving such stress through acts of violence. It seems that Domestic Violence has become somewhat of a pandemic within itself.
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Estimated 45.1% of Black Women experience contact sexual violence and/or stalking.