While many families may be experiencing extra stress while being home all day with one another in close quarters, victims of domestic violence can be living a nightmare.

Rebecca Martorella, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Darien, said the current environment is “a perfect storm” for domestic abuse, for several reasons.

“Families are contained in close quarters, and isolated. They are not being seen by co-workers, teachers, doctors, etc., who may be confidants or mandated to report any visible signs of abuse,” she said. “Children are home and begging for attention. Liquor stores are open and alcohol is often a factor in domestic abuse.”