Alcohol Use, Domestic Violence, and Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases continue to grow exponentially in Illinois, causing many people to become even more fearful. At the beginning of April, there were over 4,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois. Imagine a couple that has had marital difficulties is now stuck in isolation together with their children. This married couple has been watching the news around-the-clock. One of their children was born extremely prematurely and has chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy.

They learn that states have been directing health care professionals to ration health care. These parents fought hard for their child through over his 100 days in the NICU. Now they are worried that their child, who is now three, will be sent home instead of treated if he gets coronavirus. On day three of social distancing, the father learns that he has been terminated from his job with no pay. The family will now lose their insurance. His wife lashes out and screams that he does not care about her. He lashes out and slaps her on the face. He is a good man who has never engaged in domestic violence before, but he made a mistake in the heat of the moment.

Domestic Violence is on the Rise in Illinois

Experts expect that Illinois will hit a peak number of coronavirus cases in April. As of right now, Illinois hospitals do not have enough capacity to treat all of the people expected to need hospital care during this time. Illinois officials are setting up triage hospitals around the state. The state has ordered the closure of schools, restaurants, and bars, and has issued a stay-at-home order.

The stress of being involved in a pandemic, unable to leave the house except for essentials, has led to an increase in phone calls to domestic violence centers. Domestic violence centers across the United States are reporting an increase in calls and domestic violence. People who are required to spend extensive time together often under financial stress are more likely to strike out against their loved ones.

Non-Violent People can Make Mistakes

When people think of domestic violence, they likely think about serious domestic violence offenders who are “wife beaters” and continually engaging in violence. Sadly, these people do exist and we will see an increase in domestic violence involving them. However, even those with no history of domestic violence can snap under extreme stress. Loving husbands and wives can strike out in anger during the crushing stress of the coronavirus and resulting lockdown.

All it takes is intense financial pressure, extreme changes to routine and stress from coronavirus to cause someone to snap and lash out in anger. It can happen to even the most loving and responsible parents.

Contact Our Domestic Violence Defense Law Firm Today

At Glasgow & Olsson, we understand the stress caused by the coronavirus. If you are facing any criminal charges during this challenging time, our lawyers can help. Contact our criminal defense law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

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