May 14, 2020
It’s quite possible that by now, you’re getting a bit tired of being at home so much. On the other hand, for many families, the extra time at home has made for some deeper bonding between family members, rediscovering the dining room table (and eating around it!), and enjoying games and movies together. But not all families are ideal, and in some homes, there’s an interloper in form of domestic abuse or domestic violence. For these families, self-quarantine is almost a form of entrapment, and escape routes all but cut off. Jessica Kootz is a family and consumer sciences agent with K-State Research and Extension’s Midway District. She offers some tips for family members struggling with these issues, and guidance for the rest of us, if we find ourselves with an opportunity to assist a friend for family member.
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