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Relationships and Pandemic Stress: Where to Get Help if You Need It

Around the world, people experience high levels of stress when unusual circumstances such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic hit. As a result, relationships may be put under additional stress. This stress may be further amplified by social isolation, continuous time together and a lack of usual stress-release outlets. Additionally, some people may use alcohol or drugs to help them cope with anxiety, boredom or fears.


All of the above can increase tensions and arguments at home. While this is understandable, fighting or expressing oneself in a way that is emotionally or physically abusive is not OK. If you or a loved one is experiencing or fearful of an abusive situation, ask for help.


National Domestic Violence Hotline:

  • Call 1-800-799-7233.

  • Visit Thehotline.org.

  • Text “LOVEIS” to 22522.


  • Call 9-1-1.

Remember, you are not alone. Crisis organizations throughout the nation reported a spike in abusive events during COVID-19. If you’re not comfortable calling a hotline, contact your DaVita social worker. He or she will work with you to find next steps. As always, we are here for you and your family.

You can find more information about coping with COVID-19 here

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a medical provider.

Please check with a medical professional if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.