Early warning signs are being triggered across the country. Domestic violence is suddenly surging. And the collapse of the American economy is being blamed for it.
It makes intuitive sense that when people are losing jobs, seeing their savings wiped out or facing foreclosure, the added stress would lead to trouble, including domestic violence. News reports from around the country are proliferating, confirming this suspicion.
Here are a few of them:
Hard Times Mean More Abuse. Baltimore Sun. 12/14/08
Domestic Violence Calls Way Up, Crisis Center Says. WRTV. Indianapolis. 12/11/2008
Maine Domestic Violence Deaths Double. Seacoastonline.com 12/2/08
Hard Times Pack Tampa Bay Domestic Violence Shelters. St. Petersburg Times. 12/7/2008
Number of Cases Overwhelms Family Violence Center. KYTV. Springfield, MO. 11/21/2008
Financial Strain Fuels Domestic Violence. The Gazette, Colorado Springs. 10/31/2008