Looking at domestic violence, St. Paul police see an “an uptick off the charts,” and Dakota County’s Community Action Council reported a 37 percent increase in women seeking services for domestic abuse from 2007 to 2008, reports the PiPress. The increase in domestic violence is attributed, at least in part, to the economic recession.
In a study by the National Domestic Violence Hotline during the last six weeks of 2008, 54 percent of victims reported a change in their household’s financial situation within the year. Sixty-four percent of those victims said the violence had gotten worse in the past year.
Police and domestic violence counselors worry that the increase seen during the winter months, a usually calmer time, will become even worse during the summer.
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