According to Time, studies show that the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns have led to a pandemic of domestic violence. It cites studies showing spikes in three cities: San Antonio (18%), Portland (22%); and NYC (10%). But is this really true?
In the year since the pandemic hit NorCo, there have been 1,189 Protection From Abuse cases. The office has certainly been busy. But in the year before Covid-19 reared its ugly head, there were 1,266 Protection From Abuse cases. There were actually 77 more cases in the March '19 to March '20 time period.
This could mean there is actually less abuse. But as someone in the PFA office told me, it could also mean that the victims are trapped and feel they have no way out.