In this uncertain time, it is miserable to know that there has been a rise in domestic abuse during the lockdown. Behind closed doors of some homes, the number of arrest surge to raise a significant percentage. Helplines are inundated with a lot of concerns, which makes them prioritize the risk of saving someone from domestic violence amidst the restrictions of the pandemic. At times like this, the abused individuals feel all the pressure.
The Awful Side Of The Abuse
For more than two months, since the lockdown got implemented, there is a lot of domestic violence going on. However, only a few of them were reported to local authorities because people try to consider the situation as part of the world’s changing condition. Some look at the abuse as something ordinary since families are in a house dealing with the global health crisis altogether. Some abused individuals somehow create a validation that whatever they are brutally experiencing is only a temporary part of the pandemic. That when everything turns back to normal, the abusive actions will also go away. Somehow, these unfortunate people often find themselves defending the abusers and are using the lockdown situation to excuse themselves from doing the right thing.
However, not all situations are like that. There are some cases of domestic abuse that connect to the difficulty of this pandemic. One of them is the source of financial issues. Since families are experiencing a limited supply of everything, people inside the house get stress. There’s the buildup of anxiety as well as anger that eventually lead to physical and emotional torture. For some families with stable monetary resources, the abuse might be different. Perhaps they complain about some stuff they can no longer access or anything like that. But for those living on the most unfortunate side of the world’s countries, they are battling not only domestic abuse but also emotional and mental pain.
Due to the lockdown, it seems like the control that one person has over the other has just increased tenfold. And given that undesirable situation, the abused individuals still find it hard to leave the relationship. It is as if the pain and suffering become normal as couples inside the house are struggling with their situation. And with the limited access to help due to this pandemic, abused individuals can only care to wish that it will all soon come to an end.
Honestly, for most people, they will say that the abused individuals should leave and try to forget about everything. But it is not that easy, especially in a pandemic situation like this where everything people do is just restricted. Abused people will choose to stick to the emotional and physical pain because that is how they knew they could survive. Most of them cannot find the strength to pull out a decision that will change their lives forever.
People Still Have A Choice In Life
Despite the struggle, abused individuals should think that there is always a way out of their situation and that it is not always the bad one. If these people find it in their hearts to consider their overall health instead of sticking into their fear, they might be able to save their lives. And if they can’t do it for themselves, they can at least use the strength to protect their children’s well-being. Yes, the mental and emotional battle will not be that easy, and it might haunt them forever. But if they think about it, leaving the whole abusive situation and aiming for better health is all worth it.