The UN is reporting a troubling rise in domestic abuse due to COVID-19 lockdowns and is now referring to the crisis as “the Shadow Pandemic.” For many victims of domestic violence, sheltering in place with their abusers poses even greater risks to their well-being than contracting coronavirus itself. Immigrant women also face unique challenges when seeking help because they fear being deported. We sat down with local organizations that are part of the Pima County Immigrant Victims of Domestic Abuse Task Force, a coalition of several member agencies whose mission is to ensure the empowerment of victims of domestic abuse in Pima County. They provide safe housing, free legal aid, education programs, crisis hotlines, and counseling services.
Producer: Cáit NíSíomón
Photographers: Bob Lindberg, Jordon Chin, Gage Judd
Editor: Martin Rubio, Cáit NíSíomón