NBC News is reporting that law enforcement agencies are claiming an increase in domestic violence issues this past month (March) as couples are forced to stay home due to the ongoing Coronavirus “pandemic.”
18 of 22 law enforcement agencies across the United States who provided information to NBC News report an increase in 911 calls pertaining to domestic assault issues.
The report states Houston police received 20% more calls this past month compared to February 2020. Charlotte, North Carolina-metro region police received an increase of 517 additional calls over domestic violence in comparison with the same time frame (+18%), Phoenix police received were 200 domestic assault-related phone calls (+6%).
Steve Mueller, sheriff of Cherokee County, South Carolina, states, “The financial stress alone creates a ticking time bomb for some families with a history of domestic violence…Unfortunately many of these domestic violence cases occur in front of children and often the children become victims of abuse and assault, as well.” His region experienced a 35% increase from February 2020 to March 2020.
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