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Domestic Violence in a Pandemic

Posted by Aaron D. Lawrence | Apr 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Since Louisiana has led the nation in female homicides for many years, it comes as no surprise law enforcement agencies continue to take a strong stance against domestic abuse and related crimes the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force people to stay at home and remain isolated. While such safety measures are intended to help prevent the spread of the virus, they also create more opportunities for aggressors to commit domestic violence against their families and household members. 

Common factors leading to domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

Financial issues stemming from unemployment or economic instability;

Being under the same roof with the same people more often;

Adjusting to online learning and affiliated technologies;

Working from home, especially with children present;

Stress;

Losing friends and loved ones to COVID-19;

Inability to report domestic violence safely during quarantine;

Exacerbation of preexisting psychological disorders of violent partners;

Increased substance abuse and alcohol abuse.

Isolation is one of the core factors and “red flags” of domestic violence. Therefore COVID-19 lockdowns are only making it easier for abusive partners to commit this crime. The stress, anxiety, devastation, and loneliness that countless Americans feel during the pandemic can lead them to make bad decisions in the heat of the moment. No one is perfect, especially after experiencing months in a raging pandemic. Reported victims may have made false accusations against you or exaggerated the allegations. We understand this can happen and are compassionate to your circumstances.

You can count on our defense team at Lawrence Law Firm to go the distance to defend your domestic violence charges. We strive to minimize the impacts of our clients' charges by negotiating with the prosecutor, discussing reduced charges, or minimal punishments. There are also alternatives to convictions and incarceration like rehabilitative programs, counseling, and more. Contact us now to help you navigate this challenging time.

The blog published by Lawrence Law Firm is available for informational purposes only and is not considered legal advice on any subject matter. By viewing blog posts, the reader understands there is no attorney-client relationship between the reader and the blog publisher. The blog should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney, and readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel on any specific legal questions concerning a specific situation.

About the Author

Aaron D. Lawrence

Aaron is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney in Ruston, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Tex...

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