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Police report increase in domestic violence cases across New York

New York State Police have reported a 15-20 percent increase in domestic violence cases, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauren Trunko, the Women and Family Services Director for YWCA, told Spectrum News that additional strain is being place on already difficult home situations.

“Domestic violence services are essential services and we haven’t gone anywhere,” Trunko explained. “We haven’t had any disruption in our service and if they need anybody, all they need to do is pick up the phone or go online and someone can be reached pretty quickly.”

The statewide domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-942-6906.