A lot of attention might be paid to what’s happening with the coronavirus crisis, but state Attorney General Letitia James wants to make it clear that domestic violence victims will not be lost in the shuffle.
Help remains available for domestic violence victims around the clock, James said, in a release. Because some 10 million people are physically abused by an intimate partner across the United States each year, James worries that social isolation required for the coronavirus pandemic may aggravate what she describes as a widespread problem even more.
“With the pandemic forcing society to stay primarily in their homes, it is understandable that victims of domestic violence are feeling particularly vulnerable at this time,” James said. “As we take extraordinary steps to confront the threat to public health posed by this global pandemic, we must not lose sight of the very real potential for an increase in intimate partner abuse. I encourage those who experience domestic violence to reach out to relevant resources for help and guidance during these difficult times.”
That help is available by calling (718) 590-2115, according to Bronx district attorney Darcel Clark.
“We know in these times of uncertainty and sensitivity, feelings of isolation give us reasons to be concerned about intimate partner violence,” Clark said, in a release. “While social distancing can make us feel apart, the Bronx DA Office is here for you as a resource.”
Anyone who feels their life is in immediate danger, however, should call 911.
Other numbers include the national domestic violence 24-hour hotline available at (800) 799-7233.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is taking its toll on the New York Police Department, with nearly 15 percent of its work force on sick leave as of Tuesday.
But the NYPD is getting a little help from the New York City Police Foundation with the purchase of 150,000 units of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer packets — each.
“This equipment will keep our officers physically safe,” NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea said, in a release. “But beyond that, it sends them a clear message — that their unwavering commitment to protecting people is deeply appreciated.”