Montco DA: Domestic violence calls up during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Montgomery County district attorney’s office says domestic violence calls have gone up by 8% to 9% since social distancing efforts and stay-at-home orders went into effect last month.

District Attorney Kevin Steele says they often see a rise in abuse and domestic violence calls during stressful times, like economic downturns. Add confined quarters during social distancing, and it’s no surprise there’s an increase, he says.

“The positive in those numbers is people are still calling, because they know help will come," Steele said.

Steele says not only police are responding to the calls. Social service agencies are still staffing their hotlines with trained volunteers. Laurel House is available at 800-642-3150, and Women’s Center of Montgomery County is answering calls at 800-773-2424.

“The stay-at-home order should not make someone feel they can’t reach out for help. Shelters are available," Steele said.