Neighbors, May 21: "really frightening" - a dramatic spike in calls for help ... and now the silence
Quarantining at home may be one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it also means more people are staying home - alone - with their abusers.
And it's no accident, either, that isolating the victim from their support system and other people is one of the first tools an abuser uses to control their partner.
Meanwhile ... their abusers are also being isolated from the help they might be seeking: either court-mandated or voluntary. And access to people face to face or via technology in remote, rural areas and reservations has always been a struggle, due to unreliable or unavailable access to technology, and it's being felt even more in these days of COVID-19.