Family Violence and COVID-19
Date posted: April 29, 2020
While staying at home offers protection from COVID-19, it increases the risk for women and children experiencing family violence. Domestic violence rates are rising in Canada and globally during the pandemic. Multiple factors contribute to the increased threat.
Find more detailed information in:
- Children and Youth Living with Family Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis – NEW! guidance for teachers, counsellors, administrators and other school personnel – Faculty of Education, UBC
- How Can I Help My Friend – Battered Women’s Support Services
- How You Can Identify and Help Women at Risk of Abuse – Neighbours, Friends & Families, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children
- How to help a friend dealing with family abuse or neglect – Kids Help Phone
- What to do if someone you know is being abused – Public Health Agency of Canada
If someone is in immediate danger:
- Call 911 and ask for police, or call your community police.
- Call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 (toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service)