Like many other shelters for domestic abuse victims, Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe faced it share of challenges when the pandemic hit.

Chief among them: Many victims were forced to stay home with their abusers and could not find a safe place to make a call for help, said Anji Estrellas, executive director of the 45-year-old shelter.

She added domestic violence became “more lethal” as abusers resorted to more painful methods to silence victims, including strangulation.

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