Domestic violence cases in Nassau rise; stay-at-home order spurs concern for victims

There has been an increase in the number of domestic violence incidents in Nassau County, and there are concerns about how the stay-at-home order could be impacting victims.

News 12 Staff

Mar 24, 2020, 9:38 PM

Updated 1,552 days ago

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There has been an increase in the number of domestic violence incidents in Nassau County, and there are concerns about how the stay-at-home order could be impacting victims.

Executive Director of the Safe Center Cindy Scott says crisis services are still operational amid the coronavirus outbreak. She says she does expect to see an increase in incidents during these difficult times.

"Due to the increase in stress level in people as well as the fact that perpetrators and victims are spending more time together now that we are required to shelter at home," Scott said.

Nassau police say year to date they've seen a 10% increase in domestic violence cases from last year, with 2,825 cases this year - up from 2,252 this time last year.

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says drinking excessively only makes matter worse.

"Every day is Thanksgiving," said Ryder. "People are home and if you've seen the lines, they're around the block at the liquor stores. Alcohol arguments that do ensue and there's a lot of pressure - let's all stay relaxed."

Scott adds that having no choice but to stay home for such long periods of time with their abusers makes "it difficult for victims to reach out for help."

She says to reach out through their website if it is unsafe for a person to call the hotline.

The Safe Center's phone number is 516-542-0404 and its website is tscli.org.

Scott also says if you do not feel safe reaching out in either of these ways to tell a trusted family member or friend and have them contact help for you.
News 12 reached out to Suffolk police for its number of domestic violence cases but they said they are unable to provide those numbers.
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