Abusive Behaviour in the Home: Help is Still Available During the Pandemic
The risk of intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence) often increases during crises, like this pandemic
The control and intimidation behaviours already used by partners, can become worse at this time
Social and physical distancing rules that have been put in place to reduce COVID-19 exposure, also reduce women’s access to supports and increase their daily exposure to potential abuse.
Abusive partners may also:
- Share misinformation about the pandemic in attempt to control or frighten women, including that necessary services like domestic violence shelters are closed, contaminated, or at capacity.
*Note that domestic violence shelters are still operating and helping as needed*
- Prevent access to appropriate medical attention (e.g. taking car keys or her health card, refusing to interpret communications with service providers).
- Restrict movements inside or outside of the home (e.g. isolating a mother from her children by claiming that she is displaying symptoms of infection).
- Withhold necessary items such as hand sanitizer, cleaning products, protective masks, food, and medicine.
- Lie that personal items are not available in stores or online (e.g. birth control, hormones, hearing aid batteries).
- Control and monitor communication (e.g. turning off the internet so she cannot video chat with friends and family).
- Put women’s health at risk (e.g. infect or threaten to infect women with COVID-19, inviting people over, not cleaning their hands).
- Threaten to tell peoplethat a woman has COVID-19 and lie about the implications of having it (e.g. falsely imply that she will be deported, lose custody of her children).
- Remove or kill pets or animal assistants saying that they may infect the family.
To view a more extensive list of controlling behaviours, visit here.
If you are experiencing any type of violence or controlling behaviours at home, there are people to help you and safe places to go.
* For help escaping safely, or finding a shelter, call Family Service Regina's Domestic Violence Outreach Program 306-757-6675.
* For immediate help, call Regina Transition House's 24-hour Crisis Line
* If your life is in danger, call 911 and ask for the police to come.
If you do not require immediate help but would like to talk to someone about your options for support, the following is a list of shelters you can contact:
- Regina Transition House 306-569-2292
- My Aunt's Place 306-545-7786
- SOFIA House 306-565-2537
- Isabel Johnson Shelter 306-525-2141
- Family Service Regina- Domestic Violence Outreach Program 306-757-6675