Shadow Pandemic: Don’t stand and watch

Shadow Pandemic: Don’t stand and watch

Photo by Anete Lusina on

Alongside the Covid-19 pandemic is this increasing global phenomena of domestic violence as shadow pandemic.

As neighbors and relatives, don’t stand and watch.



Neutral men are the devil’s allies. Edwin Hubbel Chapin


Shadow pandemic: Insecurity within the ‘security’ of a home

Shadow pandemic: Insecurity within the ‘security’ of a home (poem, haiku)

three pairs of shoes on brown rug
A family (Photo by Lisa on
a home where love starts,
as family protector,
he safeguards them all. 

a lover monster,
a demon he has become,
admist failing roles?

run, run, lady, run!
bring along babies and run!
least he catches up!

please help the victims,
aggressor 'victim' as well,
with his unseen pain!

Shadow pandemic echoes the Covid-19’s pandemic. As COVID-19 curfews and lockdown orders made it even more difficult for the battered victims to leave an abusive household. This increases the likelihood of recurring domestic violence.

Looking at the ‘elephant’ as a whole, the aggressor maybe a victim of circumstances ( such as, financial) or addiction. He would need help, too!


Much have been in place for the abused. As per quote below, I wonder what is next for the abuser behind bars to prevent recurring behaviors and attitudes.



“Victims of domestic violence need assistance and deserve justice, I commend the crime unit’s efforts to put offenders behind bars and reach out to victims.”– Bob Riley