Domestic Violence in times of Covid
Domestic Violence Chandler, AZ
As you all know, knowing how much stress and pain can surround a divorce or custody dispute, I try to keep these articles light. I write about co-parenting tips and keeping the focus on the children’s best interests, I write about dealing with your own emotions of a divorce or custody dispute and how to manage them throughout your case, and I often discuss new cases and laws that may be pertinent to you or your friend as you move through your dispute. Today, regrettably, I feel the responsibility to discuss Domestic Violence in Chandler, AZ and COVID-19.
First and foremost, if you are in a domestic violence situation, there are people waiting and wanting to help you. Here are some great free resources:
- Shelter Line (Maricopa County Only) - 480-890-3039
- Sexual Assault Hotline RAINN - 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-7233 and 800-787-3224 (TTD)
You can also call us at Citadel Law Firm if you need help obtaining an Order of Protection (“OOP”). We deal with Domestic Violence in Chandler, AZ and we are here to help.
As you may already know, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence in America, and specifically Arizona, is sky rocking. Estimates from the United Nations Population fund show that domestic violence will increase 20% around the world as a result of the quarantine. This means more than 15 million additional cases of domestic violence will befall our world as one of the echo effects of COVID-19.
The numbers are staggering and heartbreaking. The 15 million additional cases include children, women, men, elderly, and unfortunately, somewhere on that list is one of your friends or family members sitting silently in the darkness wondering if they can muster the courage to speak out against their abuser. Moreover, the numbers are increasing each and every day as the pandemic progresses.
You may be wondering the cause of the increase in domestic violence. Studies show that domestic violence often increases during times of disaster and crisis due to seclusion and loneliness and stress. It is not different in Arizona unfortunately. We will all have to adjust to a new normal, we hope very soon that the so called "new normal" includes less violence, it is not the case for now.
Seclusion and Loneliness
As the world shut down, so did victim’s (and defendants for that matter) ability to have a small bit of comfort or release. Victims of domestic violence became more and more isolated from friends, family or anyone who may be able to lend a hand allowing abusers to take total power and dominion of the victim’s life, personhood and living situation. After days and weeks, the abusive behavior is seen as normal. Coupled with manipulation techniques like gaslighting, projection, generalizations, triangulation, etc., the victim is almost powerless due to the seclusion and loneliness resulting from the government mandated shut down.
Elevated stress is often associated with elevated aggression. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is suffering and facing a level of uncertainty that very few people alive have witnessed resulting in almost all of us living in a constant state of fight or flight. Stress is at an all-time high and because we’re not necessarily worried about tigers eating us anymore (at least most of us aren’t), we worry about other things – the economy, joblessness, whether we have enough toilet paper, etc. For abusers, this additional stress can materialize in horrific ways. It can cause abusers to have higher levels of mental illness, depression and anxiety. Stress can also cause people to turn to narcotics and drugs to alleviate their own pain which only makes the domestic violence worse.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Much like the perpetrators themselves, domestic violence can come in all shapes and sizes. Defined in A.R.S. § 13-3601, Domestic Violence means any act that is a dangerous crime against children as defined in section 13-705 or an offense prescribed in section 13-1102, 13-1103, 13-1104, 13-1105, 13-1201, 13-1202, 13-1203, 13-1204, 13-1302, 13-1303, 13-1304, 13-1406, 13-1425, 13-1502, 13-1503, 13-1504, 13-1602 or 13-2810, section 13-2904, subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3 or 6, section 13-2910, subsection A, paragraph 8 or 9, section 13-2915, subsection A, paragraph 3 or section 13-2916, 13-2921, 13-2921.01, 13-2923, 13-3019, 13-3601.02 or 13-3623.
If you’re not in the mood to research all the statutes yourself (and why would you? After all, that’s why we’re here) Domestic Violence, includes, but is not limited to, custodial interference, endangerment, threatening or intimidating, assault, aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, sexual assault, negligent homicide, manslaughter, second degree murder and first-degree murder.
Additionally, there must be a certain relationship between the victim and the defendant.
- The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.
- The victim and the defendant have a child in common.
- The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.
- The victim is related to the defendant or the defendant's spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
- The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.
- The relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship.
If you are the victim of Domestic Violence Chandler, AZ or need assistance obtaining an OOP, please seek help immediately. We can be reached on our Emergency Line at 602-999-0046.
Citadel Law Firm, PLLC is available to help you today. Our attorneys will be able to access your case with a free case evaluation and understand what you need and act fast. If you need help for an elderly person, to make sure their assets are protected and they do not suffer any type of abuse, we can help you as well. Our Elder Law Attorneys work together with our Family Law Attorneys to protected all your loved ones.