Domestic Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic

High Stress

The pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways. We scrub our hands so often we wonder if we are developing a compulsive disorder. We watch as strangers battle it out over the dwindling supplies of toilet paper, bleach, and antibacterial wipes.

We worry and stress about our job stability unless we’re “essential” workers, in which case we worry we might break down mentally and physically before this is over. There can be no question that stress and tension levels are at a high many of us have never experienced.

Something Can Be Done

With the increasing pressure and worry, there has been a significant increase in domestic violence. “The numbers are showing that over the last two weeks, there has been an increase of 33% in these types of calls.

[i]” We talk about the need to stay home for our safety but for some, staying home presents a new or heightened danger. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, it’s not okay. It’s not justified. It’s not your fault. And there IS something you can do about it.

This is Essential

Some perpetrators see the pandemic as a tool to enable their violence; it is giving them a reason to keep you confined with them. Abusers may see their actions as justified because of escalating stress. Victims feel trapped now, unable to even make a phone call because they are in lock-down with their abuser. Concerns about:

  • financial dependence
  • custody
  • lack of available help often keep victims from seeking help

Abusers use these reasons to keep their victims trapped. It does not have to be like this.

Due to the pandemic, the courts have modified, postponed, or restricted ordinary operations. However, if you are in need of a protective order you can still get one. Legal protection from domestic violence is considered “essential.”

You Are Not Alone

If you are a victim of domestic violence please call the Domestic Violence Coalition Hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5456).  If you or someone else is in an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Our attorneys are still working. They are able to communicate with you virtually, on the phone, and via email. If you’ve never met with an attorney, we can help you with a virtual consultation. If you are quarantined with someone who is abusing you, you can still request an emergency hearing and judges are still able to give you an order to keep you safe.

You are not alone. You do not have to continue to cope with violence at home. We want you to be safe, and we are here to help you any way you can.

Live Calls

CoilLaw has responded to the COVID – 19 crisis by utilizing the latest technology to seamlessly provide you with full-service legal representation by video conference and digital document review and signing. You don’t have to leave your home or expose your loved ones. We are able to immediately connect with you live via smartphone, tablet, or computer as if we were sitting in the office. Getting Help with Your Utah Protective Order Case

If you are in need of a protective order, we’re here for you. Attorney and managing partner Jill Coil of CoilLaw and her team are dedicated to protecting their clients. They understand the best ways for you to stay safe during this time.  For many years, Jill has successfully been the voice for those who have felt silenced by their abusers.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us during these trying times. To schedule a consultation please call 801-884-3775.

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[i] https://www.deseret.com/platform/amp/utah/2020/3/24/21193205/domestic-violence-up-in-slc-since-covid-19-restrictions-took-place-coronavirus