As of February 18, 2021, Prescott Valley Police Department noted that Domestic Violence (DV) cases have significantly increased over the past year. Reported DV offenses in 2020 increased by 158 cases or 45% over 2019 offenses. Experts estimate that only 30% to 50% of all DV cases are reported to police and there are over 10 million cases annually in the United States.
The pandemic has increased stress within families. Stressors including job loss, financial loss, food insecurity, increased substance and alcohol abuse, children out of school, isolation, lack of mental health services, and fear of contracting Covid-19 along with other factors may have contributed to this increase in cases. Abusers may have experienced a loss of control created by the pandemic which has contributed to increased violence in homes. The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center reports a 24% increase in cases since July 2020.
If you have experienced DV or know of someone who is the victim of a DV incident, there are available resources in our community in addition or in lieu of police. Contact the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center (YFAC) at (928) 775-0669 or Stepping Stones at (928) 772-4184 for assistance and resources. Should you need other assistance, please contact our Victim Services Unit at (928) 772-9261, press 7 for resources. Remember, domestic violence is not just an isolated issue, it is everyone’s concern within our community.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. The silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.