Given the pressures and stress of staying at home, work and financial pressures, disruptions in normal routines and being in much closer quarters for extended periods, experts are concerned that violence and related injuries—such as intimate partner violence, and abuse of children and the elderly—are likely to increase during the COVID-19 outbreak.12345

Watch for warning signs, know how to respond to someone disclosing abuse, find the tools to make a safety plan, and know how to get help:

The First Nations Health Authority has information on COVID-19 and relevant resources. More resources specific to Indigenous peoples:

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  2. Selvaratnam, T. (March 23, 2020). Where can domestic violence victims turn during COVID-19? The New York Times. Accessed from:
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  4. Davidson, J. (March 24, 2020). Coronavirus could act as ‘pressure cooker’ to increase abuse and neglect of the elderly. Holyrood. Accessed from:,coronavirus-could-act-as-pressure-cooker-to-increase-abuse-and-neglect-of-t_15269.htm
  5. Hernandez J. (May 10, 2020). Child abuse likely under-reported since start of pandemic, doctor warns. CBC News. Accessed from: