Victims of domestic violence (DV) continue to be particularly vulnerable during the ongoing pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as restrictions on social distancing and staying at home begin to be loosened, abusive partners, who often isolate victims, may still include COVID-19 to the tactics they use to maintain power and control over their partners. In addition, data shows there has been an increase in domestic and intimate partner abuse during the pandemic. While each individual experiencing abuse is best positioned to know what is safe and feasible at any given time, the following reflect some basic safety planning tips that survivors of intimate partner violence can consider. These tips are applicable at any time, not only during a pandemic, and the list includes some specific tips for pet owners and LGBTQIA identified individuals, both of whom can face unique challenges in seeking safety, shelter and services.
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