Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse, spiked amid COVID

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“Domestic violence is about power and control. It's not just about, ‘Was there an aberration in your conduct that caused you to, in one instance in your whole life, become physically violent?’ Domestic violence is a whole pattern of conduct. It's designed to control another human being,” says Eve Sheedy, who spent decades working with public agencies on domestic violence policy and prevention. Photo by Shutterstock.

Rates of domestic violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations declared the rise as a “shadow pandemic.” 

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