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Pandemic: No place to hide for some domestic violence victims

'Now with complete access to you all the time, an abuser increases control over you'

Series: Coronavirus | Story 107

Last updated 4/27/2020 at 10am

Illustration by Savanna Hanson

During the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Starr hears the phrase "stay at home" and can't help but cringe.

"Home is not a safe place for everyone," the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence managing director of public affairs said over the phone last week. "Domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse thrive in silence. Even hearing the phrase 'stay at home' is powerfully isolating if your home isn't safe. Imagine what it feels like to be constantly hearing that."

Starr wants domestic violence victims to know help is available.

The coalition works with over 70 local progra...

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