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Domestic violence rates up dramatically since start of COVID


December 2, 2020

Local emergency call data shows that domestic violence has shot up dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in recent months after a lull right at the beginning of lockdowns in March.

Lucy Daumen Casal, shelter manager at the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence in Albany, said calls to the non-profit’s hotline dropped at the beginning of the pandemic, but grew rapidly in July, August and September. Those three months had 441 total calls, compared to 253 in the entire 12 months preceding them.

“There was a period of time where people weren’t able to reach out,” s...

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