Coronavirus Keeps Victims Of Domestic Violence In Lockdown With Their Abusers
At Kansas City's Newhouse Shelter, about half of the calls they receive are 'lethality cases' in which the life of the victim is being threatened.
Due to pandemic safety guidelines, shelters are losing beds while the need for them has deepened. Newhouse Shelter has seen a 30% increase in domestic violence related calls according to CEO Courtney Thomas. While many factors contribute to the rise of domestic violence, "the lethality cases have skyrocketed during COVID," Thomas said.