When staying at home is dangerous

Two people talk to each other in a room
Staff at Women's Advocates of St. Paul continue to help victims of domestic violence, even as the pandemic has changed how they work.
Photo by Tim and Madie Photography

Minnesotans have been under a stay-at-home order for seven weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

But what happens when staying at home is unsafe?

Across the country, cities are reporting an increase in domestic violence calls. And for many people who live with their abuser, this order has been a nightmare.

What can survivors do to get help during this time, and what can neighbors and friends do to help?


  • Stephanie Revering is the chief of the Crystal Police Department.

  • Pamela Maldonado is the victim advocacy program manager at Cornerstone, and former member of the planning committee to create Minnesota's first Victim Assistance Academy.

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