CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More and more people are finding themselves working from home as the coronavirus continues to spread.
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While some people consider this a break from work, domestic violence victims are finding themselves trapped at home with their abuser.
Melody Gross, a domestic violence survivor, says social distancing and self-isolation puts victims in a situation where it may be harder to leave their abuser since many places are temporarily closed.
Gross says victims can still access domestic violence resources online to talk with places like Safe Alliance. She says the biggest thing is to reach out and ask for help, and to try and plan ahead in case you have to escape.
"Plan ahead. That could even be letting your local police station know that I am experiencing this, and so I may have to call, or [asking them] what are some other resources," Gross says. "Again, reaching out to co-workers, reaching out to family, reaching out to a neighbor."
In Mecklenburg County, there are a few places you can call if you are trapped in an abusive situation. The 24-hour hotline with Safe Alliance is 980-771-4673. The National Hotline 1-800-799-7233. You are urged to call 911 if you are in immediate danger.