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A recent report from the New York Times indicates that cases involving domestic violence have increased globally during the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine. According to the data contained in the report, domestic violence tends to increase during periods such as the holidays when families always spend more time together.

Experts cited both the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine and social distancing as other instances in which domestic violence would likely increase as a result of close proximity. Additionally, domestic violence hotlines, support organizations, and law enforcement have all indicated an increase in cases involving violence at home.

As the COVID-19 quarantine continues for the foreseeable future, partners and families alike are being forced to spend more time together than they’re normally used to. As a result, many of the usual means of taking time to cool off and recover have been temporarily cut off.

Here are some important tips to make note of as a way to help with preventing domestic violence during the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine:

*Keep in mind that the current pandemic is considered to be a high-stress situation, which is something that can affect individuals in many different ways.

*Always take the time to practice patience.

*Contact your loved ones on a regular basis to check in and make sure that they’re doing well.

*In the event that an argument begins to get too heated or if you start to feel that you may act in a manner that you may regret, consider going for a walk outdoors to cool yourself down. Under many current state guidelines regarding the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine, parks remain open; however, you will still need to practice social distancing.

*If the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine is currently bringing out any kind of underlying issues in your relationship, it may be a good idea to obtain some help from a professional therapist. Despite many states implementing their own stay-at-home orders, many counselors and therapists are currently offering remote sessions via video conferencing.

It’s also important to know the actual signs of domestic violence as well, as this can help to prevent both serious injury and/or death. Furthermore, keep in mind that abuse of any kind can be both psychological and physical in nature, meaning that some of the more evident signs of domestic violence never need to be present in order to serve as an indication that something may be wrong.

Some of the most common signs of domestic violence include the following:

*Verbal abuse

*Any verbal threats of violence

*Jealousy and/or possessiveness

*A bad temper on a routine basis

*Any kind of behavior that could be unpredictable

*Being cruel to animals

*Attempting to control a partner

*Placing blame on a partner whenever something bad happens

*Criticism and/or humiliation

*Looking at a partner not as a person, but as an object or property

Oftentimes, individuals find themselves falsely accused of committing some sort of domestic violence against another individual. This is something that can result in all sorts of negative consequences, such as jail time, divorce, and loss of custody of children. In the event that someone has been falsely accused of having committed domestic violence against another individual, it’s absolutely essential that they obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. There is every chance that the accuser will have already spoken to the police, as well as obtained their own attorney, meaning that you should both protect and prepare yourself for what may very likely turn into a complicated legal fight. If you need help, contact the experienced attorneys at Longhorn Law Firm today.