Social Isolation "Not A Safe Situation" For People Living With Abusers

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — While many of us are staying home during the COVID-19 outbreak, for some people, home is not the safest place to be.

Jane Doe Inc. is a Massachusetts-based Coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence. The organization's Executive Director, Deborah Robin, told WBZ NewsRadio that social isolation can be extremely dangerous for those being abused at home, because abusers thrive on silence.

"Whether you are a young person both experiencing or witnessing domestic or sexual violence, whether you're a survivor yourself, whether you're causing harm, these are not ideal scenarios for people to be confined with each other."

Robin said during this time of isolation, it's important for everyone to keep checking in with the people in their lives, whether by phone or online.

"Within our neighborhoods, within our families, there may be people who this is not a safe situation for them," Robin said. "Just stay connected to people."

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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