Recognizing Personal Stress Buttons During the Lockdown Can Prevent Domestic Battery
If you don’t know how to recognize and process your stress effectively it can end terribly with domestic battery charges. Isolation and financial stress are significant contributors to high stress levels. The lack of control every person in America is feeling right now has led to even higher stress levels. The fear of contracting the virus has added even more pressure. If you’ve lost your job, you may even be worried your house is next. The coronavirus has fundamentally changed the way Americans work, eat, and live. Isolation has become a way of life and it is driving many Americans to emotional extremes. While the government says the order is temporary, there is still no end in sight. All of these stress factors have compounded into fights, altercations, and negative situations between spouses and domestic partners. The only way the police know how to resolve a domestic violence situation is to arrest one of the parties involved and that’s the last thing anyone wants for their loved one during a pandemic.
Large Spikes of Domestic Battery Across America
The nation has seen a sharp rise in domestic battery cases in the past few months according to a report by NBC. Cities such as Houston, Charlotte, and Phoenix have seen as much as a 20% increase in the number of domestic battery calls and arrests. Areas such as Cherokee County, South Carolina have seen a 35% increase. Other cities like Boston, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, East Baton Rouge Parish, Buffalo, and Sparks, Nevada reported similar increases, though not as dramatic. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, calls to Washoe County domestic violence hotline have spiked 64% amid the COVID-19 quarantine. The United Nations refers to this as the “shadow pandemic.”
Ways to Mitigate Stress Before It Turns to Domestic Battert
The stress of the Coronavirus is being felt across the country and around the world, but that doesn’t mean you, or anybody else, needs to respond with violence. There are several techniques that you can implement to help calm yourself down and resolve issues peacefully. The Center for Disease Control offers several good tips to help reduce stress and anxiety during a lockdown.
- Take time to disconnect from the news and social media. A 24-hour stream of breaking news can be upsetting to just about anyone.
- Take care of yourself physically. This means eating healthy and getting plenty of regular exercise and sleep. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Stretching and meditation are also good ways to center yourself.
- Engage in activities you enjoy. Listening to music, photography, living room mini golf, and taking a walk are just some of the activities available for you to enjoy.
- Regularly talk to family and friends. Share your concerns, fears, and anxieties with people you trust. Life is a team sport.
Another technique you can implement to mitigate domestic battery during stressful times is the Time Out Technique. This technique recommended by the Ananias Foundation has had a high success rate, but it does require some planning. The time out technique must be discussed with your partner before you need it. You must also be able to identify the signs that you are becoming angry.
Here’s how it works. At the first sign of anger, you tell your partner you are taking a time out and leaving. This gives you a chance to focus on your emotions in a safe place. You must tell your partner three things before you leave. One, where you are going. Two, how long you will be gone. Three, you want to hear their point of view and you are going to discuss it when you get back. Respectfully exit the situation and return at the predetermined time or call for extra time if it is needed. During this period of reflection, you should:
- Do something physical, like running or walking.
- Plan to be alone. You should not be driving anywhere or going to a bar.
- Remind yourself of what you like about your partner and think compassionately about their flaws.
- Think about your partner’s situation and try to see their perspective on the issue.
- Plan out your response to the issues and even write it down.
- Call a mentor, if you have one, but don’t waste time with people that will automatically side with you like your mother or your friends.
Jesse Kalter is an Experienced Domestic Battery Attorney
Facing domestic battery charges can be a scary and disorienting event. There are several steps in the judicial process and if you’re not careful, you could end up making the wrong move. Jesse Kalter has represented hundreds of defendants facing domestic battery charges. His tenacious pursuit of justice has led to countless not-guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduced charges. If you or someone you know is facing domestic battery charges, you need an experienced attorney to achieve the best possible outcome. Jesse Kalter Law is available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.
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