New nationwide study shows domestic violence increased during coronavirus pandemic
Their findings revealed domestic violence incidents increased 8.1% after jurisdictions imposed pandemic-related lockdown orders. “If we look at different data sources over the last 20 years or so, we had seen declines actually in domestic violence so what I’ll say is the pandemic has set us back in terms of our ability to address domestic violence,” University of Central Florida professor and chair with the department of criminal justice, Catherine Kaukinen, said. She is one of the authors of the new study that focused on the impacts the pandemic had during 2020 on domestic abuse. Domestic violence is still completely underreported,” Sperzel said. “We really saw an increase in the number of people seeking out our outreach services and our community services and also our legal program.