Do hard economic times = more domestic abuse?

Jan 7, 2010

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that calls increased by 21% last year. Philadelphia experienced a whopping 67% increase in domestic homicides in 2008 and California is no stranger to domestic violence cases either; the Golden State has the highest number of emergency calls in the nation. While it can be difficult to prove a direct correlation between domestic violence and personal financial strain at least one national survey shows the economic meltdown is a major factor contributing to the increase in domestic violence. What is the federal government doing to assist state and local governments struggling to keep up with the demand for services but facing dwindling resources and what’s happening here in LA?

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