Story By: Marek Mazurek
SOUTH BEND — With heightened tension and isolation the last several weeks for people experiencing abuse, instances of domestic violence in St. Joseph County have increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, local advocates say.
Amy Stewart-Brown, executive director of the St. Joseph County Family Justice Center, said the center has seen a 50% jump in calls to its crisis line from mid-March to mid-April.
“We know just from what our clients are telling us, and from our understanding of how domestic violence works, when you have isolation and increased control, there’s going to be more violence,” Stewart-Brown said.
Posted on May 16, 2020 at 9:24 am