Pandemic-tied spike in domestic violence spurs Cincinnati to boost aid for abuse survivors

Cincinnati City Council will give a quarter-million dollars to a nonprofit that works alongside the police to help survivors of domestic violence – a crime that has spiraled in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council unanimously voted Wednesday to approve the $250,000 in funding to Women Helping Women to use for the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT).

Calls about partner violence are up, and more of the violence is life-threatening, said Kristin Shrimplin, the agency's president and chief executive officer.

"It is staggering," said Greg Landsman, the council member who proposed giving the financial help to the organization for the DVERT program.

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