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During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, advocates urge victims to speak out

Maya Millete's sister Marichris Drouaillet was overcome with emotion at the Oct. 19 news conference announcing the arrest of Larry Millete on suspicion of murdering his wife.
Alexander Nguyen
Maya Millete's sister Maricris Drouaillet was overcome with emotion at the Oct. 19 news conference announcing the arrest of Larry Millete on suspicion of murdering his wife.

A search was planned once again over the weekend for Maya Millete, even after the arrest last week of her husband for murder.

Volunteers have been conducting searches for the 39-year old mother of three since January when she disappeared from her Chula Vista home.

The implications of domestic violence in the case of Maya Millete, underscore an alarming trend — spousal abuse has risen since the beginning of the pandemic.

For more information and resources, the National Domestic Abuse hotline is (800) 799-7233.

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine reports a spike in intimate partner violence that coincided with earlier lockdowns.

In observation of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, advocates are using the heightened recognition of the issue to highlight resources for victims.

Ana Serrano with Las Valientes resource group in San Diego spoke with Midday Edition on Monday about what victims of domestic abuse should do to seek help.

She cautioned that victims who wish to escape from an abusive relationship should confide their plans in a trusted friend or family member, make themselves aware of what immediate legal resources they have at their disposal, and ultimately sever all contact with their abuser.