Quarantine Puts Young Women Experiencing IPV at Risk

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Following COVID-19 safety measures to stay home, reports of domestic violence are growing around the world. By now, you may have seen some of the alarming stats: According to the YWCA, domestic violence reports in China and Italy have largely increased. In Seattle, police received 614 domestic violence calls within the first two weeks of March, which was a 22% increase from the year before. In Portland, Oregon, 38 domestic violence arrests were made over a 10-day period in March, which was a 27% increase from the year prior. These figures are similar in other cities and are expected to get worse.

Here in Canada, the data is still developing, but at least three women have been killed by their partners since isolation started. Across Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, shelters and domestic violence hotlines are reporting increases in volume, and a new…

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