Advocates fear the coronavirus pandemic increases the risk for Native American women experiencing domestic violence. Quarantines and stay-at-home orders might make it difficult for women to get away from abusers. There are few studies that provide evidence but a survey by the United Nations reports increased calls to help lines in several cities around the globe since the start of the pandemic. A limited survey of radiologists in the U.S. shows an increase in injuries attributed to domestic violence in 2020 compared to the previous three years. We explore the factors that could contribute to the domestic violence risk and some possible solutions for those experiencing it.
Angel Charley (Laguna Pueblo) – executive director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) – director for the StrongHearts Native Helpline
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