Domestic violence victims often feel that they are at fault for the violence or they fear that they have nowhere to go. During the past month and a half, many states have lived under shelter-in-place orders – where nobody is allowed to leave the house unless they’re doing something essential, like getting groceries or attending work as a health care professional. It’s reasonable to expect that these orders would lead to a higher risk of domestic violence for those living with their abusers. Read on to discover the negative effects of shelter-in-place orders that could lead you to seek the help of a domestic violence lawyer in Indiana:

1. Fear and Anxiety Levels are Rising

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a panic of unprecedented proportions. People are worried about their income, their health, and their family and friends. This heightened tension could lead to more domestic violence incidents.

2. Job Loss Results in More Stress

What happens if you or your spouse (or both) are out of work? With levels of panic already at an all-time high, the extra time with family mixed with fear about the future could certainly escalate into a violent situation, about which you should consult an Indiana domestic violence lawyer.

3. Constant Family Time May Escalate Conflict

When someone who is violent is constantly in contact with those they abuse, it makes domestic violence easier. Shelter-in-place orders do not take into account those who cannot escape violent family members.

Even if you feel like the domestic violence was a one-time event, please know that you need an experienced attorney to give your case the attention it deserves. The violence could – and it most likely will – happen again. If you are looking for an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Indiana, don’t hesitate to contact Potts Law at (317) 951-0087 or through our online contact form.