Domestic Abuse Under Coronavirus Stay At Home Orders

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 15, 2020

With the stress of a worldwide pandemic, confusion over when this will all be over, and spending so much time in close quarters, many families are struggling to keep it together. Normally, a spouse may have time to go fishing, watch sports with friends, or escape in their jobs. Now, many spouses are spending 24 hours a day in close quarters with each other and their children. 

Financial worries and concerns about family health can lead to arguments and fights. In some cases, the fights may even turn violent. However, many individuals are still falsely accused of abuse and find it difficult to defend themselves because it is one person's word against another. If you were accused of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina, talk to your North Carolina criminal defense attorneys for help. 

Why Couples Are Fighting After Coronavirus Restrictions

Financial problems are among the most common reasons couples fight. The uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak has caused almost everyone in North Carolina to worry about their financial future. Millions of Americans are filing for unemployment insurance and not sure when their jobs will return or if they will return. 

Another cause of fights during the stay-at-home orders involve couples and families who are not on the same wavelength when it comes to safety precautions. One spouse may not take the virus seriously, and carry on as usual, going out and to friends' houses. Another spouse may take extreme precautions, including not going out at all, wearing protective gear, and refusing any visitors.

It also appears that many people are drinking more than usual during these past few weeks. Alcohol can help someone take their mind off of the state of the world but it can also impact judgment, increasing the risk of a fight or abuse. 

Increased Reports of Domestic Violence 

There were reported increases of domestic violence in China when they were among the first to be hit with stay-at-home orders. Now, it appears the same problem is here in the U.S. According to an NBC news article, police are seeing a rise in domestic violence calls amid the lockdown. Of the 22 law enforcement agencies that responded to the request, 18 reported a rise in domestic violence calls in March. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police reported an 18% increase in domestic violence calls compared to last March, representing 517 more domestic violence calls this year. The Sheriff of Cherokee County, South Carolina, reported a 35% increase in domestic violence calls in March compared to February.  

North Carolina Elder Abuse and Child Abuse

Domestic abuse in North Carolina is not limited to fighting between spouses or couples. Domestic violence can also include harm to a child, parent, or grandparent and current or former members of the household. 

Domestic Abuse Defense 

Being accused of domestic abuse can hurt your reputation in your family, work, and community. Even if you think the court will believe the accuser, you should talk to an experienced North Carolina criminal defense lawyer about your case. A conviction for domestic abuse can limit your future job prospects, take away your right to own a gun, and restrict access to your children. You may have a stronger case than you realize.

North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have any questions about assault or domestic abuse charges in North Carolina, contact the Caulder & Valentine Law Firm, PLLC. Contact us online or by phone at 704-470-2440 today for a consultation.

About the Author

Josh Valentine

You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester. He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He’s the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says. Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she’s smarter than him. Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade). In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Josh has also been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite for Criminal Defense, and the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which currently means seven cats and two kittens. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there, and he provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to those in need. As if all of that weren’t enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church’s youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He’s an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work. No one can say Josh isn’t a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business. In his law practice, Josh has made it a point to develop positive relationships with officers, clerks, and district attorneys, which has proven invaluable in delivering positive results for his clients. It’s important to him to both listen to his clients and fight for them. Law enforcement officers have important responsibilities to keep our communities safe and uphold the law, but one of the responsibilities of attorneys is to make sure officers do their job correctly. Josh considers it his job to hold them accountable for their actions. Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America’s Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God’s word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith. When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that’s why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I’m here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.” Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar