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Amid Stay-At-Home Orders, New York Sees A Surge In Domestic Violence Cases

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Social distancing and stay-at-home orders in New York have helped slow the spread of the coronavirus. But, they’ve created a different kind of danger for some people who now have to spend more time with their partners and families. 

According to the governor’s office, reports of domestic violence are up 30% compared to this time last year. 

“Do not underestimate the stress that situation has created.” 

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the issue at his daily coronavirus briefing. Cuomo said the stay-at-home orders and closure of businesses have taken a toll on people. Cuomo called that a “toxic mix” of emotions playing out at homes across New York. 

“I don’t know if I have a job, I’m not getting a paycheck, the bills are still coming in, I see no light at the end of the tunnel.”

In response, the governor’s office set up a confidential number victims can text: 844-997-2121. There’s also the option to chat online with a professional. Both of those, plus the state’s hotline, are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. New York’s domestic violence hotline is 1-800-942-6906.

And all advocates say if you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need help, the first number to call is 911.

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