Domestic Violence in New York During COVID-19
COVID-19 has created a lot of new challenges. In some cases, those challenges have forced us to get more creative about how we connect and share with one another—which can be a great thing.
It has also made some problems a lot worse. Domestic violence is one of the many problems that has been aggravated by the coronavirus. With stay-at-home orders issued in New York, there has been a spike in domestic violence reports. To compound the problem, shelters are limiting the capacity to attempt to decrease the overall spread of the virus.
The Alarming Statistics
An article that ran in Vogue in June 2020 noted that the New York State Police saw an increase in the rate of domestic violence calls by 15% in March alone. By April and May, there was an increase in the New York State Domestic Violence hotline calls of 30%.
Large police departments outside of NYC also saw an increase of 12% of reported intimate partner violence for the first quarter of 2020, compared with the same period of 2019.
Getting Help with Domestic Violence Amid COVID-19
New York City has a 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline that you can reach at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673). You can also find community-based resources by using this link.
For those outside of New York City, you can use the state-wide line: 1-800-942-6906. There are also individual county resources that you find by reviewing this link.
There are some specific resources for Onondaga County that you can use in the Syracuse area, too. Examples of these include:
- LA LIGA Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc.: 315-410-0945
- The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area: 315-479-3651
- Vera House, Inc.: 315-468-3260
Each of these entities offers domestic violence services. Vera House, Inc. also offers some limited residential services.
Getting Legal Help with Domestic Violence Issues
New York courts remain available to assist with those dealing with domestic violence, despite COVID-19. Victims can still work with an attorney to get restraining orders, protective orders, and other similar protections in place.
Whether you need a temporary order or you need help starting the divorce process, Bombardo Law Office, P.C., is here for you. We are fully open during COVID-19 to serve your needs. We offer flexible payment options for those who qualify. Call today for more information or to set up an appointment.