From CBC News–In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, snapshots of another concerning and growing epidemic are beginning to emerge.
Organizations and shelters that help women navigate and escape domestic violence are reporting sharp increases in their use and long wait-lists for support.
At The Women’s Resource Centre in Brandon, Man., that wait-list could be as long as four dozen. Eighteen women are actively waiting to access services, according to Kim Iwasiuk, the centre’s director of counselling and advocacy.
But she said the centre, which assists women and families across western Manitoba, is aware of another 27 women who have asked for help, but can’t be reached.
“We’re calling this the shadow pandemic for domestic violence and sexual assault, said Iwasiuk. “Abuse happens so often in isolation. Now it’s really coming out.”