Domestic violence calls surge during the COVID-19 pandemic
Domestic violence calls continue to surge during the pandemic. National data shows an 8% increase, and Detroit is no exception. Detroit police received more than 1,300 reports of domestic violence between March 2020 and March 2021. Jefferson East, Inc., a neighborhood nonprofit that serves Detroit's east side -- and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University,
teamed up in 2013 after learning that nearly 50% of aggravated assault cases in Detroit are classified as intimate partner violence or domestic violence. "Our advocates go to the survivors so we can meet in their home, their neighborhood, in a local coffee shop. Wherever they feel comfortable, we will meet." That's the promise from Kate Oleksiak, the Project Coordinator of the Community Advocacy Project at Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies. Volunteers there are seeing double the survivors during the pandemic. At times, the surge created a struggle. "To the point where we had a waiting list of a survivors who were waiting for help," Oleksiak shared.