Do financial difficulties lead to more incidents of domestic violence in our society? Sandra Oliva, Director of the Nassau County Coalition of Domestic Violence, stated that “issues facing families these days have increased the potential for more violence”. Sandra Oliva looks for ways to prevent abuse an to assist victims. In a recent Newsday article, she indicated that victims seeking help have recently been talking about job loss, hunger and chronic unemployment.
Pamela Johnson, the Executive Director of the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, also feels that unemployment causes abusers to be at home more often. As a result, they have more time to victimize their significant others.
Linda Smith, a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School who has worked with domestic violence victims, recently stated in a Newsday article that when people lose their jobs, they lose their self-esteem. This commonly leads to an unhappy domestic atmosphere. Although a poor economy may lead to more domestic violence, the experts are not sure that a healthy economy has any effect on reducing domestic violence.