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Dr. Arthur Bregman, MD, a Psychiatry Specialist in Coral Gables, FL, wants to talk about the fact that there has been a 25-33% increase in domestic violence since the start of the pandemic. “The American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported a 25-33% increase while other sources have placed the numbers between 25-80%.

“I’ve seen it at my own practice. The problems of covid have created a lot of mental friction in and between people. Domestic violence can include violence between a romantic couple, elder abuse, and child abuse. While there are other ways domestic violence occurs these are the three big ones. First social isolation and distancing took away peoples’ usual social support systems. Whereas a victim might have had friends and distant relatives to go to for comfort and help, they were suddenly thrust into a closed off habitation with abusers

“Even with vaccines and the re-starting of public life, families still face financial troubles, new stressors they’ve never seen before, and almost as much uncertainty as there was last year.All of this Covid strife has led to the exacerbation of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and skyrocketing levels of substance abuse. These together create a fertile environment for domestic violence.

“Abusers essentially use the pandemic’s consequences to victimize. Domestic violence often often occurs in settings where one individual has authoritative power over the others like a parent, overbearing partner, or nefarious caretaker. Over the past two years they’ve had more chances for violence as people isolate and fear/stress pervades their mindset. It causes regression to intemperate behaviors many might have been suppressing, and mixed with substance abuse or a serious mental disorder it can wreak havoc in close quarters

And sometimes, victims are too ashamed to speak up. Dr Bregman also points out, “Because of the shame, only recently in our society have we talked about this happening. We live in a culture where image is important and shame goes a long way to silencing things.” But now the culture of silence is starting to change.

“Police reports, domestic abuse hotlines calls, and even at our psychiatry practice there’s been a marked increase in domestic violence victims seeking support since early 2020.This uptick is jarring but luckily these avenues are exactly where domestic violence sufferers need to go for professional help.One can not stress enough the importance of seeking professional help in these situations. It’s the best solution because it gets the ball rolling on change.Expert guidance can provide the confidence needed to break free. It can be through a hotline, a support group, a mental health professional, or of course the authorities if it comes to that.”

However sometimes it’s hard to gain access to resources in an emergency, so 3 general tips from Dr. Bregman for safety in a domestic violence situation are:

– Stay away from weapons and if they’re at your household, keep them safely locked away at all times.

– Confide in a trusted friend or loved one so they can go to the authorities if you can’t.

– Be as prepared as possible to make an escape in case of danger: keep a packed bag hidden if you can, have a safe destination in mind, etc.

A thoroughly detailed list of ways to prepare for leaving can be found at

“We can also raise awareness. This serves to further empower sufferers of domestic violence and bring attention to the cause so we can work together to stop this pandemic within a pandemic, and support the victims.”

Dr. Arthur Bregman, MD, is a Psychiatry Specialist in Coral Gables, FL, with over 47 years of expertise treating illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various other problems

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