Advocates concerned about rising domestic violence numbers

The Mohawk Valley YWCA is reporting domestic violence calls are on the rise. Advocates that work with the YWCA said that the travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19 is most likely the reason.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 6:22 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 6:35 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Domestic violence calls are on the rise, according to the Mohawk Valley YWCA. Advocates that work with the YWCA said that the travel restrictions brought on by coronavirus is most likely the reason.

CEO of the YWCA Diane Stancato said that their domestic violence hotlines received 32 new calls just this week.

"There's job insecurity, some people have food insecurity. Your children are home and that creates another level of stress at times. Trying to get them the education that they need, that homeschooling piece that you may not be used to.  So all of these things impact even the healthier, stable family," she said.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said that his deputies are responding to a steady amount of calls. But said the time of day of when they respond is changing.

"That's where I think we are seeing a variation in terms of the time of day when these are occurring. Typically your domestic violence calls occur usually in the evening hours and on the weekends. The little bit of change that we're seeing is we're getting a few more daytime calls. This obviously would signal to us it's because more people are at home because they're not working," said Maciol.

The YWCA did offer some tips to avoid these situations while at home self-isolating or in quarantine.

Some of these include:

  • Have a safety plan (Know when and how to leave a hostile situation and what to take with you)
  • Avoid areas in the home where incidents occur
  • Establish a family routine (Structure provides a sense of normalcy)

To report a domestic violence situation you can contact these numbers depending on your county:

Oneida County: 315-797-7740

Herkimer County: 315-866-4120.

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