As stay-at-home orders in the Kansas City area went into effect this week, domestic violence shelters and advocates made adjustments and braced for change.

Social distancing flipped the lives of thousands on their heads. For victims of domestic violence, however, it has the potential to make a bad situation worse.

Courtney Thomas, CEO of Newhouse Shelter, said the intensity of the calls received have increased.

“It is heartbreaking to imagine these children and individuals —people stuck in an environment filled with constant fear and abuse,” Thomas said.

Thomas said that, in an ideal situation, the shelter would like to place victims in hotels if shelters are full, but additional funding would be needed.

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