DiBernardo Productions (www.DiBernardoProductions.Media) and Lens Obsessed Photography have teamed up during COVID-19  on a powerful campaign that lies deeply with both of them, Domestic Violence

What exactly is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence vary dramatically.

Statistics found on the NCADV website state that in the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 10 million people annually were abused before COVID-19. Notice that it states people as Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. 

So why is Domestic Violence important during COVID-19?

 Information found on the National Domestic Violence Hotline tells us how COVID-19 could uniquely impact anyone currently going through Domestic Violence. Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants. Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms. Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it. Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly. An abusive partner may feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.

Locally in Onondaga County Vera House is committed to ensuring its programs and services are welcoming to everyone. If you need assistance to ensure that their services meet your needs, please call them at 315-425-0818 or email at info@verahouse.org.

If you are not in Onondaga County you are not alone and there is help out there. We strongly recommend the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 which is available 24/7/365. 

Resourceful sites on Domestic Violence

http://www.ncadv.org/covid-19-and-domestic-violence

https://www.verahouse.org/covid-19-response

https://www.thehotline.org/

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