"In March and April of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was wreaking havoc on the lives and economies of nations worldwide, government leaders began to institute stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders.
These orders, while intented to help stop the spread of the virus, could be associated with certain adverse outcomes, including child abuse and domestic violence, in particular. Stay- at-home orders and the pandemic’s economic impacts exacerbated factors that tend to be associated with such violence: increased male unemployment, stress associated with childcare and homeschooling, increased financial insecurity, and poor coping strategies, including the increased use of alcohol and other substances. In addition, COVID-19 left parents and children confined to their homes, cut off from friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others capable of reporting signs of abuse and violence and intervening to help potential victims escape violent situations. These and other pandemic-related dynamics increased the risk of abuse, and potentially its severity."