Too Much Togetherness Can Be Brutal

Throughout this pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in the number of domestic violence cases throughout the country.  Unfortunately, it’s not a big surprise.


Throughout this pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in the number of domestic violence cases throughout the country. Unfortunately, it’s not a big surprise.


Couples, families, and even roommates have been forced to spend more time together than ever before. The key word here is “forced.” Nobody wanted this pandemic. And now we are stuck between the same four walls with others without means of escape or any real end in sight.


Throw in possibly unbearable amounts of added stress, depression and anxiety and you potentially have a ticking time bomb on your hands.


People losing their job and trying to find work with millions of others. Parents who never wanted to be teachers (and shouldn’t ever be teachers) are suddenly homeschooling. Money is tight. Bills are piling up. Kids don’t want to listen. Everyone getting on each other’s nerves. Some turn to drinking or drugs for escape – but that can make things worse. Tempers flare.


Domestic violence can take many shapes, and all of them are ugly. Things can get physical in an instant. No matter how much apologizing or rationalizing is done, you can’t take back a punch. That scar isn’t going away with an “I’m sorry.”


Sometimes it’s not physical but verbal or psychological. And the scars from those words can cut even deeper.


In any situation, if you’re the victim your home suddenly becomes your prison.

You can get out. Being hurt is not okay. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. Please reach out to a professional or someone who cares for you.


If you feel a friend or family member is a victim of domestic abuse, reach out to them and really listen to them. Don’t hesitate to call a professional if needed. Remember – just because there aren’t any physical signs doesn’t mean abuse isn’t happening.


If you’d like to talk to someone, we’re here to help. We can even meet via the internet through our Teletherapy program. Just reach out to us to schedule an appointment. Feel free to leave us a written message on the contact page or call us at 234-466-6274.