AG James Highlights Resources for Domestic Violence Victims Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

New York – Attorney General Letitia James, along with state and local officials and advocates, today reminded victims of domestic violence that they are not alone and that help remains available around-the-clock. On average, more than 10 million individuals per year are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. While social isolation is necessary amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it may aggravate what is already a widespread problem.

“With the pandemic forcing society to stay primarily in their homes, it is understandable that victims of domestic violence are feeling particularly vulnerable at this time,” said Attorney General James. “As we take extraordinary steps to confront the threat to public health posed by this global pandemic, we must not lose sight of the very real potential for an increase in intimate partner abuse. I encourage those who experience domestic violence to reach out to relevant resources for help and guidance during these difficult times.”

“Domestic violence often escalates during and after a disaster,” said Connie Neal, Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Because survivors of domestic violence are often already isolated, with limited access to financial resources and social networks, it can feel even more challenging to find and receive the support they need.  But help is available through a network of domestic violence advocacy services across the state of New York. Advocates can provide confidential assistance with safety planning, emotional support, shelter, and referrals for a range of other community services. We appreciate Attorney General James’ commitment to disseminating information on domestic violence resources during this time.”

“During this time of prolonged home isolation, victims of domestic violence are at a heightened risk of suffering abuse if they are confined with their abusers,” said Orange County District Attorney and President of District Attorneys Association of the State of New York David M. Hoovler. “It is important that this vulnerable population understands that resources remain available around the clock to help provide assistance. Domestic violence victims do not have to suffer alone. If you believe you are a victim of domestic violence, I urge you to reach out and utilize resources that continue to be available.”

Domestic violence impacts individuals of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, genders, and occurs in every community across New York. There are programs available to those experiencing intimate partner abuse in counties across the state, in addition to 24-hour national and state hotlines standing by to provide assistance.

The following is a list of resources for anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse: