With winter approaching and B.C. facing the possibility of more COVID-19 restrictions during the virus’ second wave, concerns are rising about a spike in domestic violence at home.
The increased isolation brought on by COVID-19 provides the kind of conditions that allow domestic violence and mental health problems to “grow unchecked,” according to Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers.
“We’re being asked to gather in even smaller groups this winter and that means most of us will be in touch less and less with others,” said Linda Annis, the non-profit’s executive director, in a news release.
“Under these conditions, there’s an increased potential for domestic violence to remain behind closed doors and invisible. It’s important to stay in touch with friends and family this winter and be especially vigilant.
Crime Stoppers is urging anyone who knows someone who is a victim of domestic abuse to call them anonymously and provide information.
“An anonymous call to Crime Stoppers means the information will make its way to someone who can investigate,” said Annis.
According to Crime Stoppers, some common signs that someone could be suffering abuse at home include:
- Their partner may be jealous, possessive or excessively controlling
- Their partner may insult them in front of others
- They constantly worry about making their partner angry
- They make excuses for their partner’s behaviour
- They have unexplained marks or injuries
- A noticeable change in normal behaviour; no longer spending time with friends and family
Anonymous tips about abuse or other criminal behaviour can be made to Crime Stoppers by calling either 1-855-448-8477 or 1-800-222-8477, or online at SolveCrime.ca.