Quiet before the storm’: Md. advocate concerned about domestic violence amid pandemic

The new coronavirus pandemic is forcing many to be stuck at home and adding more stress to the mix. It’s a bad recipe for those already fearful of domestic violence.

While stay-at-home orders are in place in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, “for many survivors, staying at home is not necessarily the safest option,” said Denise McCain, director of the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, which provides services for survivors of domestic violence.

McCain spoke Thursday at a virtual town hall hosted by Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

Job losses, ensuing financial issues, and a lack of stress relief outlets are “really creating a very high-stress environment, which does have a negative impact on survivors, and it does create circumstances where they are not as safe,” McCain said.

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