We are all experiencing new levels of stress in our lives due to Covid, and this has intensified the level of fear in many households. Many have lost jobs or loved ones throughout the lockdown. And while we have seen the numbers drop in cases concerning crimes such as theft and DUI’s, we are witnessing a rise in domestic violence cases. Even homes where there were no previously reported incidents have erupted.
Additionally, it seems people have been more reluctant to call for aid under the lockdowns because both parties are always together at home, fear of COVID through contact with others, as well as embarrassment or privacy concerns. And many are no longer able to speak to friends, family, or co-workers on a regular basis who would otherwise be available for support or advice. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to report it to the police.
A misdemeanor domestic violence charge carries a possible sentence of up to 364 days in county jail, and up to $1,000 fine plus penalties and assessments. Additionally, the law requires anyone convicted of any domestic violence-related charge to complete a 52-week domestic violence course and $500 fees to domestic violence shelters.