Domestic Violence is on the rise in Michigan, and many believe this is due in part to Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home covid-19 lockdown. If you struggle with managing your anger in frustrating situations, especially with others in your home, then Governor Whitmer’s executive order requiring everyone to stay in their homes through April can be an especially difficult and frustrating time.
Michigan isn’t alone in this. As NPR reported domestic violence has surged across the world during the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic and corresponding quarantines. From the report:
Domestic violence rates have surged in France and South Africa, according to Voice of America. In South Africa, authorities said there were nearly 90,000 reports of violence against women in the first week of a lockdown.
Michigan has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and is susceptible to its own domestic violence problems. Michigan State Police report that there are about 90,000 domestic violence incidents every year. Although resources are strained during covid-19 pandemic, there is help.
If you or someone you know is having difficulty and are fearful that you may lose control, then please know that help is available, even during the lockdown. For example, if you would like to seek anger management counseling, there are psychologists and counselors who provide online anger management therapy. There are also anger management support groups throughout the state, many of which have also transitioned online.
You can also take advantage of helpful resources online for anger management tips. The Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected medical institutions in the world, published this list of “10 tips to tame your anger.”
In Michigan, there is the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV). The MCEDSV has a search option to find resources specific to each county. They even offer a 24/7 chat hotline.
If you’ve used these resources and have nevertheless run into legal trouble for domestic violence, then it’s important to hire an experience professional because proactive measures in a domestic violence case can make a big difference. Contact the domestic violence attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm. Phones are answered 24/7.