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Coronavirus isolation cause concern for domestic violence advocates

St. Martin saw 68% increase in calls between March 16-22
Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 19:41:23-04

The roads are nearly empty because people are adhering to the stay at home order that is still in effect. As some are using this time to bond with their families, it's a bit of a concern for domestic violence organizations like Chez Hope.

"We've seen kind of a consistent pattern, but we do firmly believe we will see an increase in numbers," said Kelli Cantu.

St. Martin Sheriff's office saw a 68% increase in domestic violence calls from Match 16-22. On a national level, domestic violence advocates have been receiving a lot of calls related to COVID-19.

"Nationally, we have noticed a huge increase in abusers withholding facemasks, gloves, Lysol wipes, just different cleaning materials from our survivors to try to show that control," said Kantu.

As schools remain close, parents are not the only ones feeling the effects.

"It does now affect the kids who might typically be at school when this is happening, now they're witnessing it, now they're stuck in the home with their parents in that volatile relationship," said Kantu.

With the importance of social distancing, procedures to assist victims have changed; however, help is still available twenty-four hours a day by calling the statewide hotline at (888) 411-1333.