When the nation began shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, veteran law enforcement officials and social workers predicted a surge in domestic violence, as domestic abusers and victims were forced into close proximity for an extended period of time.
Sadly, statistics suggest that prediction has come to pass. Around the country, police are reporting an increase in domestic violence calls.
That includes Kansas City.
At a meeting of the city’s Board of Police Commissioners, the department’s data team today reported an increase of 22 percent in domestic violence calls. That number is based on year-over-year calls starting on March 24, the day that KC’s stay home order went into effect.
From March 24 (day of KC’s stay home order) until today, 911 calls for domestic violence are up 22% compared to the same time last year, as reported in today’s Board of Police Commissioners meeting.
— kcpolice (@kcpolice) April 14, 2020
As we previously reported, overall, crime in the city is seemingly down slightly.
The department tweeted this information today, adding a note that those in need of immediate help should call 911 or for less pressing matters call 816-HOTLINE to be connected with a domestic violence advocate.