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Domestic violence and financial abuse during COVID-19

We can add yet another public health crisis to the toll of COVID-19: domestic violence. Can you recognize the signs of an abusive relationship? Consumer Action's webinar is led by attorney Maclen Stanley, who specializes in pursuing claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and Gretchen Shaw, deputy director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Mounting data suggests that violence in the home has increased under the conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic—heightened emotional and financial stress, forced togetherness, and isolation from friends and outside family members. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 94-99% of domestic violence survivors have also experienced economic abuse, including losing days of paid work, having funds withheld from them, being forced into debt or unemployment, or losing access to safe housing.

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