Police seeing more domestic violence calls during the pandemic

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – It’s something no one should ever have to go through and unfortunately since the start of the pandemic it has on gotten worse.

Elizabeth Teixeira, the Prevention Services Director for the West Texas Crisis Center said, “Domestic violence can affect all of us. It can lead to increasingly violent behavior and it is really important to pay attention to those warning signs and know what resources are available for friends and family that may be experiencing violence.”

MPD alone has already responded to 1,357 calls of domestic violence this year just a couple hundred shy of their 2019 total. That number is just the number of calls where a criminal offense occurred.

Greg McCright, an MPD Deputy Chief said, “That tension of people just being out of work and looking for jobs and they aren’t available right now. The tension of everybody being cooped up in the house together because of all of the COVID restrictions has just caused that uptick through the year.”

After the report is filed or someone is taken into custody MPD’s crime victim liaison will provide the person with resources on how to get help.

“Provide any type of state crime victim compensation paperwork and help walk through that so that the people that need to get out of dangerous relationships have that ability to get out of them,” said McCright.

The West Texas Crisis Center also offers survivor resources free of charge ranging from case managing to shelter.

“The services that we offer are all services that help survivors get and stay safe from violence,” said Teixeira.

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February 07 2021 05:32 pm