Coronavirus-related anxiety and family quarantine can increase the likelihood of domestic violence, according to Kristen Brundage, supervisor of the Family Advocacy Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., which is similar to support programs at other installations.

“When our stress goes up, or when we are feeling tension, explosive moments can happen,” Brundage said in a JBLM news story. “We are being isolated in our homes, and for some that means a huge increase in contact with their families, especially military families who may not have had as much time together before.”

Brundage said that many people can no longer depend on safe havens or hobbies that may typically help them cope with tough times.

Brundage’s center, like many of its peers across the country, has a 24/7 hotline. Brundage said anyone who feels in immediate danger should call 911.

“It’s OK to admit that this is difficult and get through it as a team,” she said.

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