When you’re not ‘safer at home’: How city, state services are supporting domestic abuse victims during quarantine

Data suggests domestic abuse is proliferating around the world in conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle have publicly stated they are seeing increases in domestic violence allegations. Shannon Barry, Executive Director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, anticipates the same for Madison.

‘The arts save lives’: Dane Arts looks to support creators through crisis

Each Friday at 5 p.m., Emida Roller has been hopping on Facebook Live to highlight the creativity bursting out the doors of Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) on Madison’s southeast side. As the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated things for artists and creators across the globe, DAMA has reacted by setting up a virtual gallery on their website to encourage folks to support their artisans and outreach programming. 

Libraries prepare for curbside service

While many folks have been finding solace in Netflix or social media during social distancing periods, book-lovers like Tracy Herold are swapping screens for spines. During her last five years as Director of the Dane County Library Service, Herold has been expanding free and equitable access to library services across the county. 

Madison Commons Media Digest, May 3, 2020

Corona Virus Headlines

Global race for COVID-19 vaccine includes Madison contenders, David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, May 3. As testing ramps up, state sees largest daily increase in positive COVID-19 cases, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, May 2. 'Frustrated and scared': Guards, inmates criticize Wisconsin's largest prison for COVID-19 response, Emily Hamer, WSJ, May 2. Evers orders immediate 5% reduction in state spending amidst pandemic, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, May 1. State labs could test more COVID-19 samples but supply shortage hampers efforts, Katelyn Ferral, Capital Times, May 1.