Domestic Abuse at Twice Pre-Pandemic Levels in DMV, Org Says

An increase in domestic violence cases in the D.C. region during the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing as the public health crisis enters its second year, says an area support group.

Sandra Jackson, president and CEO of the District-based House of Ruth, an organization that supports women, children and families affected by trauma, abuse and homelessness, said her organization fields far more domestic violence calls now than it did before the pandemic.

“I would say we have doubled our calls,” she said, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.

Jackson said before the pandemic, calls to her organization were largely for relationship problems, but now pertain to family violence as well — especially as economic and academic concerns exacerbate other issues.

“You have parents who are now home, in these environments, with their children, because maybe they’ve lost their own employment,” she said, WUSA reported. “So, they’re dealing with that, they’re dealing with financial stressors.”

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