Shelters and Prosecutors Expect Rise in Domestic Abuse Reports

April 20, 2020

Police departments nationwide report a spike in domestic violence cases amid stay-at-home orders, but local shelters and law enforcement say requests for help have decreased in Beaver County — a trend that concerns victim advocates.

“We believe there are many victims who are in danger right now but can’t safely call for help,” said Darlene Thomas, executive director of the Women’s Center of Beaver County. 

Domestic violence experts say there are almost certainly more violent incidents taking place in the region than are being reported, primarily from households already vulnerable to abuse.

The women’s center is offering remote counseling and therapy services, with staff working from home using a secure web-based program to connect with clients. Its 24-hour helpline is operational, and some housing is still available.

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