13 cities and counties across the U.S. have reported higher numbers of domestic violence calls to police or hotlines about in the past month. Seattle has the highest increase of calls—up 22% earlier this March. Portland had a 27% increase in actual arrests by midmonth. NYC has had 7% more complaints involving felony assault since January.
Police data isn’t always trustworthy partially because most domestic violence cases go unreported altogether. Not all of these cases lead to arrests or charges either, for a variety of reasons. But specialists have been warning about the threat of increased domestic violence incidents (for kids and adults) in shelter-in-place situations. This is partially because abusive situations are often designed around isolation.