As Economy Worsens, Domestic Abuse Rises

May 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

The recent fall in the economy has more than just financial repercussion for some families. Seventy-five percent of domestic abuse shelters have seen a sharp rise in cases since last September and most of them attribute the rise to the failing economy.

Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says, “domestic violence is a crime of access. Since a significant number of people have lost their jobs in the last six months that means more people are at home together for long periods of time. Money has always been an issue that causes stress between couples and in families.”


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