By: Mike Vasilinda | Capitol News Service
March 25, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNS) – Florida's domestic violence centers want you to know they are open and ready to help during this crisis, but hotline calls are falling.
However, this does not mean that there is less domestic violence.
Monday is usually the busiest day of the week for hotlines and emergency accommodation for domestic violence.
“The perpetrator went to work after the weekend. The kids are at school. She has a few minutes to collect her thoughts alone and make this call safely, ”said Meg Baldwin, director of the Refuge House in Tallahassee.
But not last Monday.
"We usually get between 30 and 40 calls from victims of domestic violence on a Monday who contact us after a weekend. We had fewer than five calls last Monday," said Baldwin.
Increasing stress at home and at work is one of the reasons why the governor opposes nationwide protection.
"I am really worried about suicide, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and child abuse if it is unsuccessful for months," said Governor Ron DeSantis.
While the courts in Florida have practically closed, they are open to victims of abuse who need protection or injunctions.
In the Refuge House, counseling interviews with some victims of spouses are answered, which makes recovery difficult.
"If the victim is isolated and a perpetrator is given a greater chance of harming them, the frequency of domestic violence will increase." That doesn't mean that it doesn't necessarily mean that a victim is able to provide help, ”Baldwin said.
The centers say they see the same reduced activity after a hurricane, but it only lasts four or five days.
The current lack of opportunities could take months.
Sexual assault victims are also encouraged to continue to provide assurances that they will not have to go to hospital to receive a sexual assault kit as evidence.