Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Posted on 04/08/2020

Cities around the US are reporting an increase in domestic violence since state and local orders were enacted to stay home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Domestic violence goes up whenever families spend more time together, such as the Christmas and summer vacations. Victims who want to leave may face additional barriers because of the pandemic.

Local police departments have seen increases in domestic violence calls. While specific data isn’t available, police say that the pressure on families during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is intensified.

In Seattle, police say their domestic violence calls have increased by 21 percent since the city went on lockdown. The countries of Spain, France, and the United Kingdom have all reported increases of 20-30 percent.

Resources are still available for anyone experiencing difficulties with violence in the home. Start with the following:

  • If you or your family members are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1
  • Call Domestic Violence Service of Benton & Franklin Counties at (509) 582-9841, ext. 1. They have staff available 24 hours a day to assist. All services are free and confidential. The website has a “quick escape” button that closes the page and removes it from your browsing history.
  • The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) in Kennewick also staffs a 24-hour crisis line at (509) 374-5391 and offers varied services for victims of crime.
  • Can’t risk making a phone call for help? Visit the National Association of Domestic Violence’s webpage. The site’s escape button is called “Safety Exit.” You can text “LOVEIS” to 22522 or call the national hotline, the number is (800) 799-SAFE.