Elevated calls to disaster line throughout pandemic, concern for ladies isolating with abusive associate

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It’s purported to be the most secure place for an individual to be, however for somebody in an abusive relationship, isolation at house is a nightmare.

Battered Girls Help Companies, a ladies’s advocacy group which helps ladies throughout the province, has been overwhelmed with requires the previous few weeks.


“Previous to COVID-19 on a busy day, we’d get from 30 to 50. We’re getting greater than 100 calls now,” says Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS government director.

In response, BWSS has launched a 24/7 disaster line.

It has additionally launched an inventory of the way COVID-19 impacts ladies experiencing violence, akin to an abusive associate withholding obligatory objects like disinfectant, or sharing misinformation to scare their associate. Being in self-isolation with an abusive associate might impression somebody’s escape or security plan or result in the associate escalating isolation techniques.

“The abusive associate isn’t going to work, possibly she’s not going to work. There isn’t the break that you’d then get in a day that might then give some reprieve, after which both have the ability to both get companies or join,” MacDougall says.

She provides among the calls coming in are about determining choices.


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“They’re involved for the security of their mom, they’re involved for their very own security, and the security of their siblings.”

Throughout a pandemic, the problem is getting individuals away from an abusive relationship. BWSS would sometimes join ladies to transition properties, however these are shortly filling up.

As an alternative, MacDougall thought of getting in contact with a Decrease Mainland lodge chain to see if they might open up. She obtained a constructive response straight away.


“That was lovely,” she says.

The title of the lodge chain isn’t being launched to maintain the whereabouts of ladies escaping abusive relationships secure.

If you happen to or somebody who know wants assist, name the disaster line at 1-855-687-1868 or textual content 604-652-1867.