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This article was originally published in WAMU on April 03, 2020. You can access the original article here: https://wamu.org/story/20/04/03/the-challenge-of-helping-domestic-violence-victims-when-everyones-supposed-to-stay-home/.

WAMU interviews Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy and Communications, on the impact of COVID-19 on immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. As the pandemic continues to isolate people with stay-at-home orders, many advocates are finding new ways to provide ongoing support to survivors, especially as violence and dangers in the home increase.

Pyati shares,

For immigrant survivors of violence, it is always daunting, the idea of leaving an abuser, even if she knows the abuse is wrong, and she doesn’t want to live with it— just getting away can be a monumental task,” she said. “But in the environment we’re in now, that is increased.

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