For some, the coronavirus pandemic has been a never-ending vacation built upon the comforts of home. But for victims of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV), the quarantine has been stressful – and incredibly dangerous.

“‘Shelter-at-home’ may be a safe haven for some, but for others, it’s a waking nightmare,” says Ruth Darlene, founder and executive director of WomenSV. She created the organization to help people who face domestic abuse in middle-to-upper income areas. “Many victims are trapped at home day in and day out with their abuser, and are increasingly desperate as a result.”

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