HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — During the Safer-at-Home order, people will stay home and practice social distancing, but often times, that can cause a rise in domestic violence situations.
At the beginning of the stay-at-home order, Crisis Services of North Alabama saw a 25% increase in domestic-related calls.
Thankfully, they say the amount of calls has gone down since, but they do see spikes occasionally.
They say they've seen a roller coaster trend in the number of calls they're getting during the pandemic. That could be because victims of abuse can't find a place to safely call for help.
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay Town, said, "If you can't contact authorities because of close proximity of your abuser, then ask a friend to do it the best you can, or just leave and get out and contact authorities that way."
For more resources and help, you can reach out to Crisis Services of North Alabama's 24-hour helpline at 256-716-1000.