We can add yet another public health crisis to the toll of COVID-19: domestic violence. Mounting data suggests that violence in the home has increased under the conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic—heightened emotional and financial stress, forced togetherness, and isolation from friends and outside family members. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 94-99% of domestic violence survivors have also experienced economic abuse, including losing days of paid work, having funds withheld from them, being forced into debt or unemployment, or losing access to safe housing.
Can you recognize the signs of an abusive relationship?
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Consumer Action will host a webinar focusing on domestic violence during a crisis, including how to identify and overcome financial abuse. The webinar will be led by attorney Maclen Stanley, who specializes in pursuing claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and Gretchen Shaw, deputy director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The webinar will cover:
- The correlation between crisis and increased incidents of domestic violence
- Potential factors to explain the increase in domestic violence during COVID-19
- The impact of domestic violence on the economic and social environment of families
- COVID's relationship to other family dynamics—child abuse, divorce and elderly neglect
- Domestic violence prevention and response—options, rights and current dilemmas
- How to identify economic abuse
- Why economic abuse matters
- What to do if you are in an economically abusive relationship
- How to rebuild credit from coerced debt
Register to participate in this free, 90-minute webinar: Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (11:00 a.m. MDT; 12:00 p.m. CDT; 1:00 p.m. EDT)