Michigan Domestic Violence Hotlines See 25% Surge in Calls, Spike in Shelter Stays

March 25, 2020, 4:45 PM

Many Michigan residents living in abusive situations feel even more confined during COVID-19 restrictions, according to Macomb County nonprofit Turning Point.

Macomb county nonprofit Turning Point provides a 24-hour crisis line and shelter.

The local domestic violence hotline has seen a 25% surge in calls. That number might go up, CEO Sharman Davenport tells WWJ.

"We are anticipating that abuse will intensify and the frequency of abuse will also intensify," she said. "And in this situation that we are currently finding ourselves, it's more difficult for people to come up with a safety plan."

Although Michigan abuse shelters remain open during pandemic restrictions, many are at or nearing capacity, Davenport said. Health and economic stress factors may have an effect on the frequency and intensity of incidents, she said.

Turning Point's crisis line operates 24-7 at 586-463-6990.

Its Mt. Clemens shelter is still servicing Metro Detroit. Information is here.

Read more:  WWJ

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