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.