The pandemic within the pandemic: An explosion of domestic violence

One woman’s story of escape comes amid a spike in abuse-related murders

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: December 21, 2020 2:01 PM CT | Published: December 20, 2020 4:00 AM CT

Domestic violence has exploded this year locally and across the country since the novel coronavirus struck – a pandemic within a pandemic that’s filled police blotters with a spike in accounts of extreme brutality.

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Natasha Senjanovic

Natasha Senjanovic is a contributor to the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis, for which she produced this story. A Nashville-based journalist and public radio producer, she’s won numerous awards as a news anchor and for reporting on vulnerable populations, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence, at-risk youth and undocumented immigrants. She served as afternoon host for Middle Tennessee NPR station WPLN for three years.


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