October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Featured

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an alarming spike in domestic violence, according to Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel.

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  • Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel says that there has been a spike in domestic violence cases
  • Governor Ducey believes domestic violence can stop, but it starts with us
  • During Domestic Violence Month, the three goals are to celebrate survivors, mourn those that have died, work towards ending the violence
  • Domestic violence can happen to both women and men.
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There appears to be a relationship between COVID-19 and an upswing in domestic violence


Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel reports that there has been a significant increase in domestic violence-related homicides and attempted homicides since January 2020. 

According to Attorney Adel, the spike in cases is alarming - just about double, in fact. 

"From January of 2020 through June of 2020, MCAO received 32 submittals from local law enforcement agencies for domestic violence-related homicides or attempted homicide. This same period in 2019 produced 16 submittals.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a four-week period to focus on three goals:

1. Celebrate those who have survived abuse

2. Mourn those that have died because of domestic violence

3. Work toward ending the violence



Maricopa County has set up a Domestic Violence page on their website, offering  statistics, facts and shelter information. TheHotline.org provides this information: 

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Last modified on Friday, 02 October 2020 03:25
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